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I have written about the issue of Gay Rights in Uganda in a number of articles, including: Gay Rights in Uganda Homosexuality in Uganda is Not a European Import – Christianity Is Funeral Puts Spotlight on Anglican Church I admit … Continue reading
Press Release from Uganda’s Civil Society on the Murder of David Kato Continue reading
Originally Posted On Global Voices Online:
Ugandan gay-rights advocate, David Kato, was slain on January 26, 2011. He was bludgeoned in his home with an iron bar 22 days after he won an injunction against the Rolling Stone newspaper that printed his name, along with the names of 99 other Ugandan homosexuals, under a banner stating “Hang Them.”
David’s activism was boldly courageous in a country where homosexuality is illegal, and debate continues on a bill that would provide the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality.”
Despite the timing and the very visible role David played within the LGBT community in Uganda, Ugandan police refuse to consider this a hate crime.
His death has brought out the voices of friends and foes alike. Continue reading
David Kato is just the most recent, and one of the most tragic, flashpoints in the vitriolic debate around gay rights and the “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda. In the months since this anti-gay movement started hitting the international headlines, there has been a conspicuous absence of calls within the country to step back and have open debate around the issue.
It is a relief to finally see an editorial in a Ugandan paper calling for a sane, compassionate conversation about gay rights that would bring people together rather than further divide them.
I hope all Ugandans read this article and think deeply about it:
Can we talk honestly about homosexuality?
I am not sure if it is possible to have a rational conversation about such an emotional issue, but the first step will be prominent Ugandans having the courage to stand up and say that human rights are a Ugandan cultural value.
Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala Continue reading