Uganda: Challenging Lokodo’s threats and lies

Uganda’s homophobic ethics minister, Simon Lokodo, has threatened Nigerian gay-rights clergyman the Rev. Jide Macauley as part of a falsehood-filled interview with the gay-bashing Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper. Macauley quickly responded, calling Lokodo a menace who “should be called to order” and “an embarrassment to the body of Christ.” Lokodo, who is a former Catholic … Continue reading


Uganda strategy joins gay rights to women’s rights, health

Amnesty International is pushing for an end to repression in Uganda through a welcome strategy of including LGBTI rights issues in the context of that overall  human rights violations, abuse of women, and limitations on freedom of assembly and access to health services. It’s a strategy that aims to avoid the misinterpretation that seeking LGBTI … Continue reading


Ugandan judge OKs crackdowns on LGBTI rights groups

“A Ugandan court essentially sanctioned a crackdown on LGBTI rights organizations in a ruling issued Monday morning,” BuzzFeed reports. In the ruling, a Uganda High Court judge dismissed a lawsuit against  Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo by LGBTI activists who charged that he violated their rights by shutting down a training workshop for activists in February … Continue reading


Ugandan activist to anti-gay leader: See you in court

Simon Lokodo, Uganda’s ethics minister, has resumed his verbal campaign against LGBT rights organizations, pledging to shut down groups that promote LGBT equality. But Frank Mugisha, leader of the gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), said  Lokodo won’t succeed in any attempt to close organizations on the basis of their position about homosexuality. “He … Continue reading


Uganda activists in NY: ‘We are here, we are you, we are proud!’

Two activists for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Uganda today delivered a strong, optimistic message about the future of LGBTIs after they received Clinton Global Citizen Awards from President Bill Clinton. The honorees were Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, who heads a gay-straight alliance in Kampala, Uganda, and Pepe Julius Onziema, … Continue reading

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GOP: 76 countries’ anti-gay laws are OK

The Republican Party wants the United States to stop pushing for repeal of 76 countries’ laws that make homosexuality a crime. In its newly unveiled 2012 party platform, the GOP criticizes the Obama administration for its warnings that U.S. foreign aid might be curtailed to countries that throw gays, lesbians, and bisexuals in jail for … Continue reading


Report: Oppression undermines Ugandan society

Ugandan society is being undermined by intensifying attacks on a wide range of non-profit organizations — ones that seek LGBT rights, but also many good-government advocates, says the international watchdog group Human Right Watch. In a new 50-page report titled “Curtailing Criticism: Intimidation and Obstruction of Civil Society in Uganda,” the group documents increasing government … Continue reading