The homophobia in Uganda has recently spilled over into an attempt to make homosexuality legally punishable by death – with imprisonment of anyone who attempts to shield a gay person. Although the law remains unpassed, it’s an index of the pervasive danger that gay people live with in the country.
Changing Attitude has been closely following the situation in Uganda for some time – you can read the backstory as recorded in our blogs and news here.
In early 2011 leaks of American Embassy cables revealed the perception of embassy officials that murderous anti-gay sentiment was being used to divert people from the economic state of the country:
“Bahati, Buturo, and particularly Ssempa’s ability to channel popular anger over Uganda’s socio-political failings into violent hatred of a previously unpopular but tolerated minority is chilling.”
At about the same time, the country’s most prominent gay rights activist, David Kato was murdered. Although not the first murder of a gay Christian that Changing Attitude has recorded, it has brought international attention to the state of the country.
Recent Changing Attitude articles about Uganda
- Same sex marriage guidance for clergy July 2nd, 2014 Changing Attitude
- LGBTI Anglican Coalition members to discuss facilitated conversations at Lambeth Palace March 5th, 2014 Colin Coward
- I am impatient with LGBTI cowards (and bishops) February 24th, 2014 Colin Coward
- European leaders condemn Uganda’s anti-gay law February 24th, 2014 Changing Attitude
- Reflections on the Archbishops’ Letter to the Anglican Primates & the Presidents of Nigeria & Uganda January 31st, 2014 Christina Beardsley
- David Kato RIP January 26th, 2014 Colin Coward
- Stark choices face the Primates and Bishops of the Anglican Communion in 2014 December 30th, 2013 Colin Coward
- Ugandan Parliament passes Anti-Homosexuality Bill December 21st, 2013 Changing Attitude
- Retired Ugandan bishop calls for passing of anti-gay Bill September 10th, 2013 Changing Attitude
- Beach Pride Uganda 2013 August 5th, 2013 Changing Attitude