Yesterday Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni signed the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, banning the practice of same-sex acts and relationships.
The act is punishable by up to life in prison. If that isn’t drastic enough, Red Pepper newspaper has published the identities of what it describes as the country’s “200 Top Homos.”
If you thought the law banning gay sex would exist only in the realm of gay sex, you were wrong. This is a war on gay people.
Red Pepper‘s move is similar to that of a now defunct paper called Rolling Stone (no relation to the U.S. music magazine), which published a list of Uganda’s “Top 100 Homos” in 2010. It was a call to action: “Hang Them” read the issue’s cover. About three months later, Ugandan activist David Kato who was among the paper’s Top 100, was bludgeoned to death. In response Rolling Stone publisher Giles Muhame said, “This looks like any other crime. I have no regrets about the story. We were just exposing people who were doing wrong.”
The original Rolling Stone story led to the public humiliation and harassment of several gays in the country.
David Bahati who authored the Anti-Homosexuality Act, says the law is meant to protect children from being indoctrinated into homosexuality by “recruiting gays.” He has not been able to produce evidence of that actually happening.
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