A peaceful demonstration of approximately 20 people from many civil society organisations was held at the Daily Monitor building on Thursday, May 23 to protest the crackdown. Police officers in riot gear broke up the march and arrested 5 attendees.
Ellen Chademana was in the worst place you could be in her home country of Zimbabwe: the Harare Central Remand Prison. The rotting jail was dark and overcrowded, with no toilets or running water. Her offense? Her work with Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ).
This repressive measure was born out of American Christian fundamentalism and corrupt politicians using anti-gay campaigns to divert attention from their own misrule. But how do these regimes survive? The U.S. government pours billions of your tax dollars into Uganda.
If the bill passes and American assistance continues to flow into Uganda uninterrupted, it will send a message to Uganda and other anti-gay countries across the globe that American statements of support for LGBT human rights abroad are totally toothless -- mere words.
I write about the hatred of LGBT people in Eastern Europe by religious and governmental authorities. I write about Jamaica where hating gays is a popular topic for music lyrics and where murders are escalating. Pride and persecution are both real. We rejoice in the good and confront the evil.
Frank Mugisha, the leader of Sexual Minorities Uganda, will receive two prestigious prizes this month in recognition of his tireless advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ Ugandans. We caught up with Frank to get his response to the news of the awards.
One cannot help but draw the connection between the murder of Ugandan LGBT rights activist Pasikali Kashusbe and the recent calls for violence and bloodshed from American Evangelicals visiting Uganda in support of the "Kill the Gays" Bill.
Some high-profile pastors and religious leaders in the United States used their influence to pressure Ugandan religious and political leaders to criminalize homosexual behavior and make an example of the Malawian gay couple.