Friday, March 27, 2015

Harsh law blocked for now, but Uganda anti-gay hysteria continues unabated

Uganda’s draconian anti-gay law was struck down by the Constitutional Court in August last year, but the scrapped legislation could be quickly revived and would pass easily in parliament. A solid wall of opposition by Western donor nations is giving Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni 2nd thoughts about whether to allow the bill to surface again. But there’s also growing opposition to the bill within Uganda. Whether the bill becomes law or not, widespread homophobia and lack of legal protection has made life increasingly precarious for gays in Uganda. A gay Ugandan tells KPFA reporter Tom Herriman about decades of harassment, arrests, mob attacks, and living as an outcast from society.