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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 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.

March 11, 2014

Gay rights activists, including a member of parliament and the former opposition leader, has called on the Constitutional Court and High Court to recognize gay people must be protected in Uganda

Uganda’s anti-gay law is to face scrutiny in the Constitutional Court.

A number of gay rights activists have joined together to challenge the constitutionality of the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Fox Odoi, a member of parliament for West Budama North, as well as former opposition leader Ogenga Latigo, is among their number that filed the complaint today (11 March).

The draconian legislation, originally known as the ‘Kill All The Gays’ bill before the death penalty was removed, punishes homosexuality with life imprisonment.

March 5, 2014

International aid minister condemns recently passed legislation in the African country punishing gay people with life in jail

Sweden will be stopping all development aid to Uganda over the new anti-gay law, a minister said today (5 March).

Hillevi Engström, the international aid minister, has condemned the recently passed legislation in Uganda punishing gay people with life in jail.

‘The government reaffirms its strong condemnation of the Ugandan legislation that violates the fundamental rights of homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people,’ Engström said, according to AFP.

February 25, 2014

Back in 2010, a tabloid's media witchhunt for homosexuals led to at least one death of a gay rights activist. Now in 2014, a list has been published again

A Ugandan tabloid has printed a list of the ‘top 200’ homosexuals today (25 February), a day after the president signed one of the most draconic homophobic bills in the world into law.

The Red Pepper tabloid has published the names, some who have not been outed before, in a front-page story under the headline: ‘EXPOSED!’

The list includes prominent Ugandan gay activists such as Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) Pepe Julian Onziema and Frank Mugisha, who have been instrumental in the fight against the country’s homophobia.

December 25, 2013

SMUG is defiant in the face of parliament pushing through act giving life in prison to ‘repeat’ gays. Calls on president not to sign and make it law

Leading LGBTI rights organization Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) has pledged to fight to the end to stop the anti-gay law passed by the country’s parliament.

The passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill on Friday (20 December) took LGBTI activists and governments around the world by surprise. It appears it may even have been a shock to Uganda’s own government.

December 25, 2013

SMUG is defiant in the face of parliament pushing through act giving life in prison to ‘repeat’ gays. Calls on president not to sign and make it law

Leading LGBTI rights organization Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) has pledged to fight to the end to stop the anti-gay law passed by the country’s parliament.

The passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill on Friday (20 December) took LGBTI activists and governments around the world by surprise. It appears it may even have been a shock to Uganda’s own government.

November 13, 2013

LGBTI rights campaigner Sam Ganafa is expected to appear in court but supporters still don’t know what charges he will face

Well-known Ugandan gay activist Sam Ganafa and two of his friends have been arrested and detained by police.

Ganafa is director of Spectrum Uganda Initiatives and chair of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), two leading LGBTI organizations.

Charges against Ganafa are unknown. But there are rumors an alleged ex-lover claimed he contracted HIV after gay sex with him.

November 13, 2013

LGBTI rights campaigner Sam Ganafa is expected to appear in court but supporters still don’t know what charges he will face

Well-known Ugandan gay activist Sam Ganafa and two of his friends have been arrested and detained by police.

Ganafa is director of Spectrum Uganda Initiatives and chair of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), two leading LGBTI organizations.

Charges against Ganafa are unknown. But there are rumors an alleged ex-lover claimed he contracted HIV after gay sex with him.

October 15, 2013

Ugandan ethics minister Simon Lokodo says homosexuality is ‘bestiality’ in African culture

A Catholic ex-priest who is now Uganda’s ethics minister has pledged to shut down NGOs who ‘promote’ LGBT equality.

Father Simon Lokodo made his comments in an interview with Ugandan publication The Independent.

September 17, 2013

Uganda's Speaker of Parliament, who promised the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill would pass, is tipped for the presidency and now wants laws to respect the rights of all Ugandans
 

A Ugandan politician has introduced a human rights test for new laws, seemingly in direct conflict with her support of the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Despite her historical support for the 'Kill the Gays' Bill, Uganda's Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has now proposed a human rights check list for use in the Parliament Committee on Human Rights.

September 17, 2013

Uganda's Speaker of Parliament, who promised the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill would pass, is tipped for the presidency and now wants laws to respect the rights of all Ugandans
 

A Ugandan politician has introduced a human rights test for new laws, seemingly in direct conflict with her support of the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Despite her historical support for the 'Kill the Gays' Bill, Uganda's Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has now proposed a human rights check list for use in the Parliament Committee on Human Rights.

August 30, 2013

Unconfirmed rumors suggest a phone call from a 'frightened bisexual woman' was an entrapment ploy to attack a powerful gay rights opponent

A Uganda lesbian is in a coma after she was attacked by a mob.

Jennifer Ikanza, 25, had received a phone call from a woman in trouble from a neighboring village near Jinja.

The woman said she feared her husband would discover she was bisexual and would be killed if he found out.

After she said she desperately needed someone to talk to, Ikanza rushed to her aid.

On the way there, Ikanza was attacked by a mob.

August 15, 2013

Extremist anti-gay US pastor is accused of engineering the Uganda 'Kill The Gays' bill, saying LGBT people are the 'new Nazis' and recommending Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws

For the first time, a federal US judge has ruled a persecution of LGBT people is a crime against humanity.

This sets a precedent ensuring the fundamental human rights of LGBTI people are protected under international law.

It comes as a Ugandan LGBTI advocacy organization filed a lawsuit against prominent US anti-gay extremist Scott Lively.

Accused of helping to play a part in the persecution, arrest and murder of gay people in Uganda, Lively’s lawyers requested to dismiss the lawsuit.

April 1, 2013

Ugandan religious figures, backed by US evangelical groups, held gay hate march next to the home of grieving elderly mother of slain gay rights activist

A gay hate march was held near slain Ugandan gay rights activist’s, David Kato, burial ground and home, in the village of Mukono.

Pastor Solomon Male, Reverend Thomas Musoke led yesterday (31 March) a group of about 100 people demanding ‘say no to homosexuality’, and ‘promoters of homosexuality’ to be prosecuted.

March 20, 2013

International LGBT campaigner Maurice Tomlinson says President Yoweri Museveni’s new statement is a positive sign and we need a new approach to supporting rights in Uganda

January 2, 2013

Charges against David Cecil, producer of a gay play staged in Uganda, have been dropped

A court in Uganda has thrown out a case against UK theatre producer David Cecil, who was charged over a play about the condition of gay people.

Cecil told the BBC the case was dismissed either because of a ‘lack of will or a lack of evidence’ to try him.

January 2, 2013

Pastors in Uganda call for MPs to press ahead with Anti-Homosexuality Bill or risk losing their seats. Vote likely in February

Pastors in Uganda, including a British man, have marked the New Year by demanding politicians speed up passage of the ‘kill the gays bill’.

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill was widely expected to go before parliament before Christmas but was delayed. It further criminalizes homosexuality and even demands the death penalty for repeat ‘offenders’ among others.

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.

September 7, 2012

Kampala police take action over ‘banned’ play, The River and The Mountain, which features gay plotline

Police have arrested a Uganda bar owner for staging the play The River and The Mountain which features a man coming out as gay.

David Cecil, owner of Tilapila Bar in Kampala was accused of showing a ‘gay themed play’.

Another bar has also shown the play previously and it is been confirmed that the owner there has also been questioned by the Kampala police.

The River and the Mountain features a storyline about a gay businessman living in a homophobic country.

August 20, 2012

A play featuring a man coming out premieres in Kampala where it is still illegal to be gay

A play featuring a gay storyline has premiered in Uganda where homosexuality is still illegal.

The River and the Mountain opened at a theatre in Kampala on Friday (17 August), despite the threat of police raids.

Written by British writer Beau Hopkins, the play has faced opposition from the authorities, who blocked organizers from staging it at the national theatre.

Gay sex is illegal in Uganda, with 'offenders' facing life imprisonment in some cases.

August 14, 2012

Bisi Alimi looks back at the first LGBT Uganda Pride with admiration for the activists who made it happen

Five years ago, in a state of panic I packed my bags, grabbing everything I could carry and made my way to the Muritala Mohammed International Airport in Nigeria. I was running for my life. I was in dire need of a place of safety; just the night before I had experienced what could have been the end of my life.

June 25, 2012

Archbishop Tutu and others make joint statement in response to Uganda’s ban on gay organizations and threats of new death penalty law

Four Nobel Laureates – including Archbishop Desmond Tutu – have called on people all over the world to respect gay rights.

The statement issued by the Robert F Kennedy Center (correct) for Justice Human Rights and Human Rights was released in conjunction with Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) in response to that country’s government restricting the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

June 6, 2012

Activist and founder of Uganda's first ever LGBTI clinic in Kampala says many gay patients fear attack and persecution at mainstream hospitals

Uganda's first ever clinic for LGBTI patients will provide a 'lifeline' for the country's persecuted gay community, says award-winning gay activist Frank Mugisha.

The new medical center, founded by gay rights group Ice Breakers Uganda (IBU), opened its doors on Sunday (3 June) and will provide free confidential services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex patients who fear discrimination at other hospitals and clinics.