Tabloid Promotes Lynching of Homosexuals in Uganda

In Uganda, a country in the dark ages of human rights, where homosexuality is outlawed by a law dating back to colonial times and the parliament on track to debate a proposed death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” in the not too distant future, the safety and lives of LGBT activists are in jeopardy.

On October 2, a tabloid called the ‘Rolling Stone’ published an incendiary article claiming that homosexuals were going to raid the schools and “recruit 100,000 innocent kids by 2012″. The article publicized the identities of 117 alleged homosexuals, 100 of which had accompanying photos.  As if the absurd and completely baseless claims weren’t enough, the tabloid decided to include the caption “Hang them” to incite the people of Uganda to attack these individuals.

In the words of Frank Mugisha,  Chair of the NGO Sexual Minorities Uganda:

“Two days after the paper was on the streets I was harassed in my area, with verbal insults. Almost every person who was named in the paper has been harassed, and some have been attacked.”

Frank Mugisha

According to Mugisha, the ‘Rolling Stone’ article was the most hostile attempt yet to incite panic about gay people in Uganda. He has taken the tabloid to court and won a small victory in the form of a court-issued injunction at the beginning of this month, which the tabloid vows to break in their campaign to promote violence and hatred against the LGBT community.

On November 23, the merits of the case, and the status of homosexuals as human beings with rights, will be heard by the High Court. Until then, Frank Mugisha fears for his life:

“I don’t know what could happen to me at any minute. I do not know who wants to hang me, I do not know who wants to attack me. I cannot decide on my fate. [But] I cannot go back in the closet – I gave my life to the movement, I can’t change it now.”

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12 thoughts on “Tabloid Promotes Lynching of Homosexuals in Uganda

  1. I express all my solidarity to Frank, it's horrible to be persecuted because you are different, no matter how. I believe he should keep holding his position and stand up for his ideals. I wish him freedom.
    Love
    Eva

  2. I don't support homosexuals being harrassed, but at the same time I think tolerating homosexuality can be aligned along the same lines as incest, pedophilia, polygamy,… which are outlawed in most "modern" countries.

    Basically in a society there are limits to some stuff with the main aim to protect the society itself. Homosexuality can't be normal where incest isn't nor pedophilia because those involved all claim they are drawn to those feelings "instead of the main stream". It's like saying that since some thief wants to steal because they think it's their right to do whatever they want we should OK that. Well, it may be good for him, but for the overall well being of the society we can't stand it. Homosexuality is exactly the same!

  3. I express all my solidarity to Frank, it’s horrible to be persecuted because you are different, no matter how. I believe he should keep holding his position and stand up for his ideals. I wish him freedom.
    Love
    Eva

  4. I don’t support homosexuals being harrassed, but at the same time I think tolerating homosexuality can be aligned along the same lines as incest, pedophilia, polygamy,… which are outlawed in most “modern” countries.

    Basically in a society there are limits to some stuff with the main aim to protect the society itself. Homosexuality can’t be normal where incest isn’t nor pedophilia because those involved all claim they are drawn to those feelings “instead of the main stream”. It’s like saying that since some thief wants to steal because they think it’s their right to do whatever they want we should OK that. Well, it may be good for him, but for the overall well being of the society we can’t stand it. Homosexuality is exactly the same!