Uphill climb for gay community in Uganda
Being gay in a country like Uganda is as good as walking on egg shells, it’s abhorred by a vast majority of the population in this land.
To many it’s one of the greatest ‘sins’ that a person can ever commit. Because such sentiments this minority group has been maligned in various ways.
On January 26th 2011, David Kato a renowned gay activist was murdered in cold blood just days after he had attended a gay conference in Kampala. Till this day his death has remained a mystery yet to be solved by the Uganda Police.
The Uganda Police has also been put on the spotlight for mistreatment of gay people as they have raided many of their parades and dispersed them.
Such an incident was witnessed on November 18, 2016 at Esella country hotel in Najjera, a Kampala suburb. Several gay activists including a one Joseph Ssali with his sexual partner identified as Mugerwa Patrick were bundled up in police vehicles and taken to an unknown destination, only to be released much later
A vast majority of the Ugandan population consider being gay a foreign culture/practice thus causing serious debate on this subject among the young and old, literate and illiterate.
A brave handful of gay Ugandans who have come out of their closets have opted for exile in Europe in the search for safety and acceptance.
In a recent interview with the RedPepper, Uganda’s integrity minister Fr. Simon Lukodo, he reiterated his relentless fight against the gay community in Uganda stating that the ‘practice’ was not welcome to the country. He further went ahead to state that he was willing to lay his life down for this cause. With these kind of sentiments and statements it’s surely a long road to acceptance for the gay community in Uganda.