Africa / Commentary

New Uganda law opens door to anti-LGBTI repression

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has reportedly signed into law a bill that could impose harsh restrictions on organizations working with people considered to be social outcasts, including LGBTI people, sex workers, drug users and those involved with abortions. The Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) pointed out “three thorny issues” with the bill, which … Continue reading

Africa / Faith and religion

David Kato: Martyr in ongoing struggle for LGBTI rights

By Kikonyogo Kivumbi and Colin Stewart Supporters of human rights for LGBTI people gathered today in Kampala, Uganda, to honor inspirational Ugandan activist David Kato on the fifth anniversary of his murder. Kato was killed in his Kampala home in January 2011, a few weeks after helping to secure a court injunction against a Ugandan … Continue reading

Africa

Readying U.S. pastor’s trial over anti-gay venom in Uganda

Action in a lawsuit against anti-gay Pastor Scott Lively is expected later this year in the Massachusetts court where Lively is accused of committing a crime against humanity through his promotion of homophobia in Uganda. Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), provided this update on the case: Background: SMUG filed a lawsuit … Continue reading

Africa

New Uganda NGO bill: Better, but still bad for LGBTI groups

Some LGBTI rights activists in Uganda fear the worst from the newly passed NGO Bill, which still would need a presidential signature before becoming law. For them, it is a back-door reintroduction of last year’s harsh Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was overturned by the Ugandan Constitutional Court in August 2014. Those activists predict that, in effect, … Continue reading

With N.Y. youth’s help, Uganda activists boost education
Africa / Americas

With N.Y. youth’s help, Uganda activists boost education

With help from a New York high school student, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) last month donated 2,000 pencils to a community school in central Uganda. Dr. Frank Mugisha, executive director of SMUG, and Richard Lusimbo, the group’s research and documentation manager, presented the school supplies during an Oct. 16 visit to the school in the … Continue reading

Africa / Europe

Honors for African LGBTI heroes at London Pride

Press release, modestly edited: London Pride 2015 The African LGBTI organisation Out and Proud Diamond Group celebrated African LGBTI Heroes during London Pride 2015. The group honored people who have stood up against anti-gay environments and regimes in Africa. Some of these heroes lost their lives during the struggle to liberate us and others against … Continue reading

Africa

Hundreds gather for peaceful IDAHOT pride in Uganda

Ugandan LGBT and sex worker communities gathered on Saturday (May 16) for their second annual peaceful Pride celebration, sponsored by the grassroots anti-HIV, pro-LGBT Youth on Rock Foundation. The event was  scheduled to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). It brought together 240 Ugandan LGBT and sex workers from a variety … Continue reading