Police in Uganda today raided the second annual Queer Kampala International Film Festival after allegedly being tipped off about its secret location.
Ugandan schools continue to have a narrow-minded, repressive and damaging view of students’ sexuality, but at least one church-related organization has urged schools to stop expelling gay and lesbian students.
Peter, a gay Ugandan, hid in a tree to escape death at the hands of his homophobic family, then fled to Kenya. Because his mother had given birth to him in Kenya before taking him to live in Uganda, he is ineligible for refugee status in Kenya. He must continue onward in his quest for …
Ugandan LGBT refugee Salim Kakooza explains how he ended up a sex worker in Kenya. It was a survival mechanism he adopted after fleeing Uganda in early 2015 to escape from men his homophobic father had hired to kill him, he says.
By Kikonyogo Kivumbi and Colin Stewart Human rights defenders in Uganda have reacted with dismay to statistics in a new government report indicating that HIV/AIDS infections in Uganda are rising.
Shunned by his family for acting too girlish, attacked by his neighbors for being gay, Ivan Kimbugwe fled to Kenya, only to face further homophobia there. Now he has a chance to reach safety in the United States. This is his story.
Scarred by beatings in Uganda, LGBT refugee Kwesigabo Simon has been approved for resettlement from Kenya to the United States. Here he tells his story:
FORWARD-THINKING FAITH LEADERS Homophobia is a severe problem in many African churches, but not all Christian leaders are infected by it, as Kuchu Times points out. At that Ugandan publication, human rights activist Barigye Ambrose recently profiled several religious leaders who preach a gospel of acceptance and love. These are some excerpts:
Prominent Ugandan straight ally Bishop Christopher Senyonjo (Ssenyonjo) delivered an introductory message to urge people to attend screenings at the Queer Kampala International Film Festival. The event, scheduled for Dec. 9-11, will be East Africa’s first LGBTQ film festival, aims at bringing together the Ugandan gay community, potential allies, and film enthusiasts from abroad. In …
This December, several hundred film fans from around the world are expected to gather in Kampala, Uganda. There will be no red carpet, no palm trees, and no billboards, just a series of text messages directing the guests to a series of otherwise undisclosed locations. Welcome to the Queer Kampala International Film Festival, the only …