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).
If we support the human and civil rights of our LGBTI citizens in the United States, we must also vigorously advocate against the passage of this bill and act to stop state-sanctioned homophobia from taking root in any country.
There are 32 million people in Uganda, of whom approximately 500,000 or LGBTI, of whom 10 are activists, of whom only five are willing to speak in front of a microphone. Frank is the leader of the five.
It was Scott Lively who was one of the Americans who spoke in Uganda about the so-called "dangers of homosexuality" during a conference last year. The bill was introduced several months after this conference.
The furor surrounding Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill has reached fever pitch in Uganda and abroad. With condemnations flying in from around the world, many outsiders wonder just how this can be passed.