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August 9, 2014

Days after its anti-gay law was declared 'null and void', Uganda's local LGBT community celebrate with beachfront Pride rally

Just days after the Uganda’s Constitutional Court struck down the country’s notorious anti-gay law – which threatened gay people with life imprisonment – jubilant LGBT citizens have been celebrating with a gay Pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe – about 25 miles from capital city, Kampala.

A local Ugandan gay activist, Moses Kimbugwe, told a local news service that around 200 people were expected to attend the event – taking place today. It’s the country’s third annual Pride, following the country’s first event in 2012.

August 6, 2014

A young man has gone on social media and threatened to murder gay people 'one by one' as that is what the Bible says

Mass attacks and gay murders are being threatened in Uganda following the repeal of the anti-gay law.

With fears escalating as the homophobic rhetoric soars, gay activists are expecting the worst. Several lawmakers are hoping to reinstate the law as quickly as possible.

Since the Anti-Homosexuality Act was found to have been passed illegally last week:

May 6, 2014

Two Ugandans have been held in prison since January charged with the crime of being a gay couple 'posing' as a husband and wife

A gay man and a trans woman are to go on trial in Uganda tomorrow (7 May).

The couple, who live together, are accused of sexual activity going against ‘the order of nature’.

Kim Mukisa, 24, a businessman who reportedly identifies as gay, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, his alleged trans partner, face a potential life sentence in jail.

The couple will not be facing charges under the newly enacted Anti-Homosexuality Act, 76 Crimes reports.

April 4, 2014

Authorities are alleged to have shut down the US-funded offices and interrogated one of the Ugandan citizens working there

Uganda police raided the offices of a HIV charity for ‘training youths in gay sex’, a spokesman said today (4 April).

The authorities are alleged to have shut down the Makerere University Walter Reed Project in Kampala yesterday, arresting and interrogating at least one Ugandan citizen.

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo confirmed the raid, saying on Twitter: ‘Police burst Water Reed Project in Makerere University #training youths in homosexuality.’

April 1, 2014

'We can live without aid,' Yoweri Museveni says to thousands in order to drum up support for the homophobic law

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni led a homophobic hate march to drum up more hate for LGBTI people yesterday (31 March).

Speaking to thousands of supporters, religious leaders and politicians in Kampala, he said Uganda could live without Western aid.

International outrage has led to around $118 million (€85m) being halted or redirected in aid as punishment for the law that punishes homosexuality with life in prison.

March 17, 2014

Ugandans plan to march in support of their draconian laws criminalizing same-sex relationships next week in the face of Western donors looking to redirect aid away from the government to civil society groups

Ugandans have planned a march through the capital next Monday to show their support for the recently passed Anti-Homosexuality Bill that would see repeat offenders and gay people with HIV jailed for life.

The march is being organized by Pastor Martin Ssempa who notoriously toured Uganda and screened extreme gay porn to crowds to drum up support for the bill and found viral internet fame for his claim that it is common for gay men to ‘eat the poo-poo.’

December 13, 2013

Ugandan lesbian Prossie N fled sexual abuse and persecution but has now been sent back by British authorities

A lesbian asylum seeker who fled a lifetime of rape and persecution has been deported from the UK to Uganda.

GayAsylumUK warns Prossie N ‘faces certain persecution and the likelihood of imprisonment and torture’ now she is back in Kampala, the Ugandan capital.

Supporters had appealed to the British Home Office to stop her deportation and to Kenya Airways to refuse to fly her back, even protesting at the airport, but met with no success.

December 10, 2013

Uganda’s Health Minister plans to roll out a series of HIV clinics targeting the needs of LGBTIs and sex workers in the East African nation, but the country’s Minster for Ethics and Integrity is outraged by the plan

18 months after attacking activists for opening a HIV clinic for LGBTIs in Kampala, Uganda’s Health Ministry has announced plans for similar clinics of their own – but the Ministry for Ethics and Integrity is strongly against them, showing a split in the government.

October 19, 2013

‘Mama Naomi’ was a popular figure in LGBT Uganda who openly supported her gay son

Police arrested a grieving Ugandan gay activist when he went to the bank to collect money to pay for his mom’s funeral.

Mleuben Maccarthy, an LGBT human rights campaigner from Kampala, Uganda, lost his mother Naomi to illness yesterday (18 October).

Known as ‘Mama Naomi’ in the Ugandan gay community, she was a popular figure who openly supported her gay son and her death has sparked tributes from LGBTI people.

Maccarthy’s partner, Wolter Swaagman, who is based in the Netherlands, sent money to the Western Union Bank in Uganda to pay for the funeral.

August 5, 2013

Ugandan LGBTs have marched openly for a second time in Entebbe but police did not intervene despite being given advanced notice about the event

LGBTs in Uganda have again marched openly in what is the country’s second only pride event.

On Saturday over a hundred people marched along a beach and through a botanical garden in the city of Entebbe but police stayed away despite organizers giving them advanced notice about the event.

Things did not go so smoothly last year when a pride event was broken up by police, with several activists being detained before being released without charge.

May 29, 2013

David Cecil wants to return to Uganda to see his wife and two children, but is banned from the country because he staged a gay play

A British producer, who staged a gay play in Uganda last year, has challenged the decision to deport him to the United Kingdom.

David Cecil, currently in the UK, filed his suit through his lawyer David Mpanga in the Kampala High Court this week.

In the petition, he says the government did not give any reasons why he was branded an ‘undesirable’ person.

His wife and two children, aged two and three, are currently in Uganda.

February 26, 2013

British actor Keith Prosser, who appeared in a gay-themed play last year in Uganda, has been arrested and jailed in preparation for deportation

A British actor who played a role in the gay themed play, 'The River and the Mountain', that has been staged in Uganda, has been detained and arrested in the country.

The Independent reported that Prosser has been held in a Kampala detention centre for eight days since Thursday (21 February).

February 19, 2013

British gay play producer has said the pastors preaching hate is to blame for the extremist homophobic laws in Uganda

The British gay play producer who was deported from Uganda for being ‘undesirable’ has said the majority of Africans are not homophobic.

David Cecil was originally arrested in September last year after the play, which tells the story of a gay businessman murdered by his colleagues, was performed in private theaters. The charges were later dropped.

On 6 February, Cecil was rearrested and locked up for five days before being deported to the UK.

February 12, 2013

David Cecil has been deported from Uganda, forcing him to leave his girlfriend and two children

Uganda has deported a David Cecil for producing and staging a play in August 2012, featuring a gay businessman who is killed by his own employees, a UK embassy spokesman has said.

David Cecil was arrested last September for ‘disobeying lawful orders’ as the play was performed without ‘authorisation’. The charges were subsequently dropped.

January 9, 2013

After Victoria University in Uganda refused a clause banning discrimination against gay students, the UK's University of Buckingham has suspended their relationship

A British university is stopping accreditation for courses at a Ugandan university in response to the proposed law jailing and possibly killing gay people.

The University of Buckingham has announced it is ‘increasingly concerned’ about Uganda’s human rights record, and wanted the country’s Victoria University to include a clause that no person would be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation.

January 8, 2013

Social network takes down homophobic page after petition and campaign by gay rights groups

Facebook has removed an anti-gay page aimed at outing Ugandans who were preceived or rumored to be gay and could be persecuted under the law.

The page, called 'Kampala Exposed: Facts and Rumors', was brought to wider attention by a Change.org petition started by the LGBT organization Freedom and Roam Uganda.

January 8, 2013

Social network takes down homophobic page after petition and campaign by gay rights groups

Facebook has removed an anti-gay page aimed at outing Ugandans who were preceived or rumored to be gay and could be persecuted under the law.

The page, called 'Kampala Exposed: Facts and Rumors', was brought to wider attention by a Change.org petition started by the LGBT organization Freedom and Roam Uganda.

January 1, 2013

An LGBT advocate and youth worker was arrested by Ugandan police for law on homosexuality that doesn't exist on New Year’s Eve

On New Year's Eve, Joseph Kaweesi, LGBT youth worker and advocate, was arrested by Ugadan police and charged with crimes relating to homosexuality.

According to reports from Uganda, Kaweesi, one of the founder of the LGBT group Youth on Rock Foundation, is being held at Kawempe police station, in Kampala, capital of Uganda.

November 29, 2012

The 2013 David Kato Vision and Voice Award has been awarded to Ali Erol, a leading LGBT activist in Turkey

The 2013 David Kato Vision & Voice Award has been awarded to Ali Erol, a leading LGBT activist in Turkey.

Inspired by David Kato's work, the award recognizes those who strive to uphold sexual rights for LGBTI people. It is named after human rights activist David Kato, who was murdered in his home in Kampala, Uganda on 26 January 2011.

The award was presented to Erol today 29 November at Pan-African Parliament in South Africa.

November 8, 2012

Red carpet performance of a new play in Kampala forced to close by police before end of show

The premiere of a new play in Uganda came to an abrupt end after armed police stormed the theater in an alleged anti-gay raid.

While last night's (6 November) red carpet show at Kampala's National Theater featured scenes with men dressed in women's clothing, there was no explicit use of the word 'homosexual' and organizers were not expecting any trouble from authorities.

October 23, 2012

The Ugandan newspaper editor who sparked demands for gays to be hanged has admitted he waged a campaign of hate but says it cost his paper its future

The now defunct Rolling Stone’s tabloid published a notorious article in 2010, entitled: ’100 Pictures of Uganda’s Top Homos Leak’ with a picture of a noose and the further caption – ‘HANG THEM!’

The Article used pictures including a hangman’s noose to out gays and lesbians in Uganda, causing untold harm, including ostracizing, beatings and arrests of some Ugandans, while others fled the country.

October 11, 2012

Ugandan gay play to have staged reading at London’s Old Vic theater thanks to American Beauty star Kevin Spacey

A gay play about Uganda is being put together at the Old Vic theater in London this November, thanks to Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey.

American Beauty star Spacey, who is the artistic director at the Old Vic, has donated the theater free of charge for the one-night-only staged reading of Just Me, You and The Silence.

‘This is an important piece that deserves to be heard and we are pleased to be providing an opportunity for audiences to connect with its message,’ he states.

October 4, 2012

A group were found guilty of making up a story that one of Uganda's most famous religious figures sodomized boys at his church

Ugandan court has convicted four pastors, a businesswoman and a musician for conspiring to tarnish a famous Pastor's reputation by accusing him of sodomzing several boys at his church.

The Pastor, Robert Kayanja, is the founder and senior pastor of the Miracle Centre Cathedral, a megachurch in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. He is sometimes cited as one of the most powerful people in the country.

In 2009, a nation-wide scandal erupted when Kayanja was accused of sexually abusing two teenage male church members.

September 19, 2012

Omar Kuddus argues that UK Prime Minister David Cameron should stick by his words after Uganda banned a ‘gay’ play and took action against its British producers

In August the Uganda’s Media Council banned performances of what would have been the first theater production in the country to discuss LGBT issues.

That decision, and more urgently Uganda’s legal steps against people who staged the play, now require immediate and serious redress by the international community

The play, The River and the Mountain, by British playwright Beau Hopkins, was to have been performed at the National Theatre of Uganda but the theater backed off after the Media Council intervened.