Africa / Commentary

Payback time for sleazy Uganda tabloid in war of words

When the journalists at the Hello tabloid of Uganda published the latest article in a hateful tradition of forced outings of alleged and actual LGBT citizens, they couldn’t know that they themselves would become the targets of a much more imaginative and enjoyable writer — Ugandan anthropology researcher Stella Nyanzi.  As a straight ally of … Continue reading


Uganda: Party-style Pride after victory in court

A hundred-plus people attended Uganda’s third annual Pride festivities, held yesterday on a beach in Entebbe. The mood was celebratory, because the Constitutional Court had just overturned Uganda’s harsh Anti-Homosexuality Act on Aug. 1. From Agence France-Presse: Dancing and waving rainbow-coloured flags, Ugandan activists held their first gay pride rally Saturday since the overturning of … Continue reading


Probe of 5 alleged arrests as Uganda denies anti-gay bias

A team of human rights lawyers is heading to the Pader district in northern Uganda to investigate a report of five suspected homosexuals arrested there. The lawyers are from the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum – Uganda (HRAPF), which has arranged for legal representation for several recent LGBTI detainees and defendants in Uganda. According … Continue reading


Uganda: Police release trans woman who aided a friend

Ugandan police have released a transgender woman whom they arrested last weekend in response to a community protest against LGBT people living in their neighborhood in Kampala. Adrian Jjuuko, executive director of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), said that attorneys arranged for Reagan’s release on May 7 from Salama Police Post. She … Continue reading


As many as 12 awaiting gay-sex trials in Uganda

As a result of Uganda’s ongoing anti-gay crackdown, many LGBT people are in hiding and as many as a dozen Ugandans are currently awaiting trial on homosexuality-related charges. Three of them are in prison pending the outcome of their trials. Since President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act in  February, an LGBT security hotline in … Continue reading