Ugandan newspaper publishes second gay and lesbian list

By benim
In Article
Nov 1st, 2010

Homosexuality in Uganda is punishable by life imprisonment in some instances

A second list revealing the names of ten allegedly gay and lesbian Ugandans has been published in one of the country’s tabloids.

This is the second list of its kind to be published in Rolling Stone, a local Ugandan newspaper not affiliated with the US music magazine.

The first article, published on 9 October, revealed the names and addresses of 100 Ugandans, described as the country’s “top homos”. It was accompanied by a yellow banner which read “hang them”.

The article also claimed that gays were involved in raiding schools in order to recruit young children.

The new list includes names and addresses of 10 alleged homosexuals, as well as alleged anatomical details about those identified.

Whilst the paper was briefly forced to cease publishing by the government media council following the publication of the first list, this was due to incomplete paperwork rather than the article itself. The newspaper has since been allowed to continue publishing.

The tabloid has received heavy criticism from abroad, including the US Rolling Stone magazine, which described the article as “one of the most vile and hateful anti-gay screeds we have ever read” and demanded that the Ugandan newspaper change its title.

Acts of homosexuality are already illegal in Uganda, with gays and lesbians living in constant fear, according to gay activists. They also claim that most of the people identified in the first list have since been harassed.

Uganda’s gay rights crisis has attracted international criticism since November 2009 when an Anti-Homosexuality Bill was presented to parliament.

The bill, which has yet to be passed a year later, would condemn sexually active homosexuals to life imprisonment. For those who are HIV-positive this is extended to the death sentence.

Whilst the bill is yet to be endorsed by the Ugandan government, David Bahati, the man behind the bill, told CNN he is confident it will become law “soon”.

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