“If any gay person claims they have been tortured or forced to undergo anal examination, they need to come forward with evidence stating when and where it happened instead of running to the press to make baseless claims.” The anal examination practice is used as an HIV prevention method, but Ugandan lawyer Nicholas Opiyo says it is a form of discrimination and abuse. Uganda abandoned an infamous “Kill the Gays” bill in 2014 because its first draft included the death penalty for gay sex, after worldwide outrage and threats foreign aid would be withdrawn.Ugandan police stormed a gay pride event in August, while a Lake Victoria gay pride event was blocked by ministers because it was "illegal".“When you talk about homosexuality in Uganda, the only things that resonate in people’s minds are child abuse and our culture.”Mugisha is the director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), the country’s leading LGBTI organization, and worked alongside LGBT activist David Kato who was brutally murdered in 2011.
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In Uganda, homosexuality is considered akin to pedophilia, and prominent LGBT activist Frank Mugisha regards the threats he constantly receives as “part of life.” “I get lots of threats on Facebook, I get threats on the phone …
I get dozens of them,” Mugisha said in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation in New York.
A gay Ugandan man has told how he was subjected to torturous anal examinations to prove his sexuality, in a country notorious for its violent homophobia.
The man, named only as Mukasa, said he was woken by a mob banging spoons on metal cooking pots, while shouting “out with the homos” and “the homos are in there”.
An LGBT asylum seeker is facing deportation from the UK back to his home country of Uganda because he couldn’t “prove” he was gay.
Abbey Kyeyune fled Uganda in 2014 after his family discovered that he was having a relationship with another man and became physically violent toward him, an unfortunately common occurrence in a country where homosexuality is punishable by life imprisonment.
”Where people establish a genuine need for protection or a well founded fear of persecution refuge will be granted.
If someone is found not to need our protection, we expect them to leave the country voluntarily.
Members of the Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community celebrated their fourth annual Pride Uganda festival this weekend, defying strict laws criminalizing homosexuality with up to 14 years in jail.
Crowds of gay and transgender Ugandans traveled to the shores of Lake Victoria on Saturday to walk in the festival’s gay pride parade, which was held at a secluded botanical garden 30 miles outside the nation’s capitol of Kampala.
Pride Uganda coordinators Apako Williams and Jay Mulucha are among the few transgender men living openly in Uganda, despite frequent threats of violence and discrimination.