Uganda Passes Anti-gay Bill As LGBTQI+ People Continue to Live in Fear, Activists Slam New Law

Uganda Passes Anti-gay Bill As LGBTQI+ People Continue to Live in Fear, Activists Slam New Law

  • A bill criminalising members of the LGBTQI+ community living in Uganda has been passed by Parliament
  • Amnesty International strongly condemned the move, saying it is appalling and supports hatred and discrimination
  • Ugandan LGBTQ activist Frank Mugisha ferociously denounced the bill and slammed the country’s government

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KAMPALA - Members of the LGBTQI+ community living in Uganda could face life in prison after their parliament passed an anti-gay bill.

An anti-gay bill has been passed in Uganda
The Ugandan Parliament passed a bill that criminalises LGBTQI+ people. Image: Stock
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The move taken on Tuesday, 21 March, has been described as appalling by Amnesty International. The group believes the bill will institutionalise discrimination, hatred, and prejudice against LGBTQI+ people.

Amnesty International’s Director for East and Southern Africa, Tigere Chagutah, said the bill blocks the legitimate work done by civil society, public health professionals and community leaders, the BBC reported.

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Members of the LGBTQI+ community already face discrimination and violence in the country, and many fears this will only get worse. Some “gay” offences could lead to life in prison and the death penalty.

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Ugandan LGBTQ activist Frank Mugisha denounced the bill, saying government is attempting to erase the existence of LGBTQI+ people living in the country. The bill will now be passed on to President Yoweri Museveni to make the final call.

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Meanwhile, Uganda authorities began arresting LGBTQI+ people after religious leaders and politicians claimed students were being recruited into homosexuality in schools, according to the Daily Maverick. A secondary school teacher was among those arrested.

Supporters of the bill believe LGBTQI+ activities needed to be punished. Many believe the community threatens the country’s traditional values and conservative nature.

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Briefly News also reported that Women’s Day is meant to honour and celebrate the triumphs and victories of women in the country.

However, for members of the LGBTI+ community who face added forms of discrimination and violence in their daily lives, Women’s Day is a painful reminder of how much more needs to be done to honour all women in the country.

During an exclusive interview with Briefly News, LGBTI+ activist Kim Lithgow highlighted some of the challenges that women from the community face. She said aside from facing discrimination as a woman, LGBTI+ women are met with added forms of stigma and bias in communities, schools and the workplace.

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