Is It Now Legal to Be Gay in Uganda?

Uganda FlagAugust 10, 2014 – Reported by – When Uganda’s Constitutional Court declared the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Act “null and void” on August 1, the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community and human rights activists breathed a collective sigh of relief. Since President Yoweri Museveni promulgated the law in February, it had cast a long shadow. But the real fight is not over — not in Uganda, nor in many other countries that have been passing anti-LGBTI measures into law.

After Uganda’s parliament passed the law seven months ago, one of Africa’s most vibrant and outspoken LGBTI communities experienced a notable increase in arbitrary arrests, police extortion, loss of employment, evictions, and homelessness. Health providers were forced to reduce essential services for LGBTI people, who sometimes were harassed or even arrested when seeking care. Scores sought asylum outside the country, trading the risk of arrest or harassment in Uganda for the difficulties of asylum procedures overseas or even in northern Kenya’s barren Kakuma refugee camp. Others ended up on the run in Uganda, particularly those “outed” by unscrupulous tabloid newspapers in photo montages of “Uganda’s Top Homos.” They moved from neighborhood to neighborhood, house to house, to avoid vigilantes, extortion, or arrest…

via Is It Now Legal to Be Gay in Uganda?.

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