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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:

August 1, 2014

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago, punished homosexuality with life in prison

Uganda has struck down one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world.

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago (1 August), punished homosexuality with life in prison.

Petitioners called on the court to find that parliament passed the law without following proper procedure.

House Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ignored a quorum call by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi when she moved the bill for a vote on 20 December. Without a quorum, the petitioners argue, the bill was not lawfully passed.

July 31, 2014

Activists are hoping the Constitutional Court will do the right thing and repeal one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world

One of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world could be repealed tomorrow (1 August).

For two days, the Uganda’s Constitutional Court has heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists in order to repeal the anti-gay legislation.

In this ruling, the court will judge on whether parliament broke the rules.

The central argument of the pro-gay activists was the law was passed without quorum, without the required number of lawmakers in parliament to vote on the legislation.

July 30, 2014

Constitutional Court has heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists claiming the law is not constitutional

One of the most draconian homophobic laws in the world has faced court scrutiny for the first time.

Earlier today, the Uganda Constitutional Court’s five judges heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists in order to repeal the anti-gay legislation.

The petitioners’ central argument heard today was the law passed without quorum, without the required number of lawmakers in parliament to vote on the legislation.

July 9, 2014

Round-up appears to endorse government’s bid to win back aid from the west

Five people have been arrested for ‘promoting’ homosexuality in northern Uganda.

The senior officer Pader Central Police Station, Romeo Ojara Onek, confirmed the arrest to the Monitor, and said they are investigating.

He said the among the suspects are two businessmen, one teacher, and two students.

Locals apparently accused the group of ‘promoting’ homosexuality in primary and secondary schools Pader district and ‘recruiting’ pupils and students to be homosexual.

July 7, 2014

Government issues a statement claiming the Anti-Homosexuality Act is not anti-gay, but is instead intended to protect children

The Ugandan government has released a statement on the Anti-Homosexuality Act, claiming it is not anti-gay.

Not getting the clue from the law’s title, Ugandan officials have taken a page from Russia’s book to say the law is about protecting children – not hunting down homosexuals.

The statement claims it was ‘misinterpreted as a piece of legislation intended to punish and discriminate against people of “homosexual orientation”, especially by our development partners.'

June 23, 2014

US cuts aid in response to Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act, President Yoweri Museveni responds with tax rises

LGBTIs fear they could be targeted in riots as Ugandans express their anger over tax rises caused by the country's new anti-gay law.

The US government punished the Ugandan government for the Anti-Homosexuality Act by cutting some aid and redirecting some to non-governmental organizations.

President Barack Obama had been under pressure for months to act against Uganda for the draconian new law that punishes homosexuality with life in prison.

June 20, 2014

The US government has revealed measures it is taking against Uganda in response to the draconian homophobic laws implemented earlier this year

Uganda’s officials have said they will not be blackmailed by the US to appeal its laws against gay people.

The US government has revealed measures it is taking against Uganda in response to the draconian homophobic laws implemented earlier this year.

Aid will be cut and redirected, and visas will be banned for any official responsible for introducing the anti-gay law to Uganda.

June 19, 2014

Funds also being cut for some programs involving the Ugandan Police Force, Ministry of Health, and National Public Health Institute

The United States has detailed the measures it is taking against Uganda in response to draconian homophobic laws implemented in February.

National Security Council Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said Thursday (19 June) that the government of Uganda’s enactment of the Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) 'runs counter to universal human rights and complicates our bilateral relationship.'

Hayden said the US seeks to reinforce its support for human rights of all Ugandans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

June 3, 2014

The martyrs were burned to death by King Mwanga for refusing his homosexual advances and for failing to renounce Christianity

Today is an important celebration in Uganda – the day Christians remember the Uganda Martyrs. And people from around the world are flocking to the shrine in Namugongo.

The town in southern Uganda is where thirty-two young men, pages of the court of King Mwanga II of Buganda, were burned to death on 3 June 1886 for their refusal to renounce Christianity.

May 21, 2014

The UK Home Office is deporting a lesbian to Uganda despite globally-respected LGBTI activists saying she is a genuine asylum seeker

A Ugandan mom who was forced to flee beatings, rape and persecution is set to be deported from Britain on Saturday (24 May).

Aidah Asaba told Gay Star News believes she will be beaten, jailed or even killed if the UK sends her back home.

But after her initial asylum application was mishandled, she has been locked up by the British and is being fast-tracked to be flown back to Uganda.

May 12, 2014

Since the anti-gay law was passed, LGBTI rights activists have recorded instances of attempted lynchings, mob violence, blackmail, lost jobs, arrests, evictions and suicides

Gay and lesbians are the targets of a ‘hunt’ in Uganda since the passing of a homophobic law, a report has said.

The research compiled by Sexual Minorities Uganda has found the number of recorded incidents have increased tenfold.

These include kidnappings, torture, attempted lynchings, mob violence, homes burned down, blackmail, lost jobs, arrests, evictions and suicides.

At least 25 people have reported to have fled from Uganda, seeking asylum in countries such as Kenya and Rwanda.

May 7, 2014

Yoweri Museveni, in a London business forum to attract investment from the West, has previously rejected the 'Western' value of homosexuality

The Ugandan president was told off about his country’s anti-gay law by the UK today (7 May).

GSN can reveal the UK’s Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds spoke to Yoweri Museveni, the president of Uganda, and Sam Kutesa, the east African country’s Foreign Minister.

The two Ugandan politicians were in central London today speaking at a business forum to attract investment from the West.

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 19, 2014

Two men to be charged with sex ‘against the order of nature’, in the first trial since the passing of the anti-gay law

Two men are to face trial for homosexuality in Uganda next month, the first to do so since the anti-gay bill was made law in February this year.

Kim Mukisa, 24, and Jackson Mukasa, 19, are set to face trial on 7 May, the Guardian reports.

Both men are to be charged with sexual relations ‘against the order of nature.’

April 9, 2014

As Rwanda reflects on 20 years since the death of a million of its citizens, a tide of anti-LGBTI hate is engulfing Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, DRC, South Africa and beyond

This week we are marking 20 years since the Rwanda genocide. Twenty years seems like a long time but to the survivors it seems like yesterday. The effects of this tragedy will last forever. Our prayers go to all the victims.

We pay tribute to all those who played a part in stopping the genocide from claiming more lives, we also call upon all the perpetrators of this catastrophic hate crime to be brought to justice.

April 9, 2014

Government believes gay people will be unable to provide proof the law contravenes the right to equality and freedom from cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment guaranteed under the constitution

Uganda’s government is battling to stop a legal challenge that could threaten the new anti-gay law.

A number of gay rights activists and politicians believe the Anti-Homosexuality Act contravenes the Constitution and deserves to be repealed.

But the government has denied the activists’ claims and want the Constitutional Court to throw out the case.

‘When the rant of gay activists is done, the world will move on,’ a government spokesman Ofwondo Opondo has said.

‘Those opposed to anti-gay bill should read article 91 Uganda constitution.’

April 3, 2014

Government has decided to allow publishers of gay 'naming and shaming' newspapers to travel freely into the country

Members of Parliament of the UK government voted against travel bans on the publishers of Ugandan gay hate newspapers and anti-gay supporters.

The call was made for MPs to vote on whether travel bans should be given to those who promote gay hate in Uganda.

They voted to not ban travel into the UK, meaning people who call for the deaths and imprisonment of gay people in Uganda will be allowed to enter the country.

March 28, 2014

Homophobia has a price, and the African country is seeing that as it faces further threats of aid cuts as part of the international backlash

Uganda officials are to hold talks with the European Union over the anti-gay law today (28 March).

The east African nation is facing severe sanctions and aid cuts as part of the international backlash over the new homophobic law.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law last month that punishes homosexuality with life imprisonment.

The country’s foreign minister Sam Kutesa will be meeting with the head of the EU delegation in Uganda Kristian Schmidt.

March 24, 2014

‘No gays everywhere’ shouted a religious leader as he marched supporters through the streets

Religious leaders marched in Uganda to drum up yet more hate for LGBTI people and back the new anti-gay law.

Pastors led people through West Budama, east Uganda, yesterday (23 March) to show the public is in favor of ‘abolishing’ homosexuality.

In a video posted on YouTube, a religious leader can be repeatedly seen shouting ‘No gays! No gays everywhere!’ to the sound of cheers and chanting.

March 19, 2014

President Yoweri Museveni signed the anti-gay law earlier this year, punishing homosexuality with up to life in prison

Gay rights campaigners are calling on Londoners to protest against the Uganda anti-gay law today (19 March).

Ugandan LGBTI activist Edwin Sesange, who will be leading the protest, believes this is one of the best ways those who live in countries with gay rights can help those living under homophobic regimes.

The new Anti-Homosexuality Act punishes homosexuality with up to 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.’

March 14, 2014

Uganda warns cutting health budget will mean they cannot buy HIV kits and antiretroviral drugs, medicine that half a million Ugandans rely on

The United States has suspended some of its reported $400 million in aid to Uganda.

This is the first move after President Barack Obama warned passing the law would ‘complicate’ the African country’s relationship with the US.

A senior US government official told Reuters that a portion of the US Centre for Disease Control’s agreement with Uganda’s Ministry of Health had been put on hold.

Uganda now says it can no longer afford to buy antiretroviral drugs and HIV testing kits, medicine that some members of the Ugandan LGBTI community relies on.