Uganda's rising hysteria over homosexuality was made infamous when this video clip of a bigotted pastor, Martin Ssempa, chairperson of the "National Task Force Against Homosexuality in Uganda", went viral. "Eat da poo poo" became a new catch phrase.
But it's not merely deranged religious zealots passing for goofy comedians promoting discrimination against gays and lesbians: it's also Uganda's law-makers. A bill introduced in 2009 that would make homosexuality punishable by death (actually called the "anti-homosexuality bill") risks being reintroduced this year, despite international outrage when it was first brought forward. And the UN has, apparently, given its tacit acceptance to countries wanting to murder their own citizens for their sexual orientation.
The legislators' legitimizing more criminalization of homosexuality (sexual relations between people of the same sex are already illegal in Uganda) is helping instigate a frenzy of what in other countries would be considered hate crimes, and has made it incredibly dangerous to be gay, openly or not, in Uganda.
On October 9th, 2010, photographs of 100 gay men and women were printed...More >>