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Things to do in Uganda when you’re gay

31/01/2010 by JR Russell

1. Wake up in the arms of your beloved, read the news and wonder if your lover will ever decide to become “cured” and then betray you, blackmail you or indeed, both.

2. Attempt to educate your own people about how homosexuality isn’t a danger, and get fined for it, because it’s promoting criminality. Radio Simba was fined $1000 by the Uganda Broadcasting authorities for hosting a show featuring lesbians and gays talking about their lives.

3. Be called a pervert by an elected representative in a personal email. Attempts to reach out to an elected representative take a nasty turn when he starts emails with “Hey Gay Pervert”.

4. Be refused entry to another country for being a criminal — because homosexuality is a criminal activity in your own country. Gay christian activist, Chris Stentaza, was refused a UK visa to speak to Anglican church leader, Canon Gregory Cameron, because of an arrest warrant issued in Uganda on the charge of homosexuality.

5. Be accused of promoting homosexuality for profit. The blogger at Gay Uganda has been accused of blogging for profit. It’s been leveled that he blogs not to raise awareness or to fight for the rights of himself and others like him, but that it’s a sham, and that he is being paid to promote the cause of homosexuality.

6. Talk to your doctor about the fact that you are HIV positive and find your Doctor doesn’t know how HIV is spread between homosexual men. A Ugandan doctor wrote in the Huffington Post of how he was grossly unprepared when an HIV+ patient came out to him and asked him about safe sex.

7. Spend your Sunday night in a Kampala nightclub with other people like you. Dance, play pool, meet people. For some reason, authorities currently ignore this. Then get pistol whipped while buying groceries, because you’re a transman.

8. Die. A woman and her children died in a house fire set by a colleague of the woman. The fire was caused by “gay panic” because the deceased allegedly came on to her.

Proponents of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill say that there need to be deterrents in place to prevent homosexuality from becoming widespread. There are plenty of deterrents, as you can see. The proposed legislation is merely an efficient way of killing LGBTQ people, decreasing HIV/AIDS preventative education and further entrenching anti-gay hate in Ugandan culture.

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