Gay Ugandans face ongoing discrimination despite international pressure

February 1, 2011

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David Kato, Uganda's most prominent gay rights activist, was murdered last week.

Last week Uganda’s most prominent gay rights activist, David Kato, was found murdered in his home. Official police reports say the motive was robbery, but many in Uganda’s gay community suspect otherwise. At David’s funeral, the pastor called on homosexuals to repent or “be punished by God.” That’s indicative of what life is like for gay Ugandans, a country where homosexual acts are illegal. Frank Mugisha is Chairperson of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). The organization advocates for the rights of gay people in Uganda. Frank talks about the legacy of David Kato, his colleague and friend, and what it’s like to be gay in Uganda.  We spoke to Frank while he was in Chicago to speak at Columbia College's Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women & Gender in the Arts & Media.