Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato has been beaten to death, according to the BBC. Kato, a well known gay rights activist and officer with Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), had his picture, name and address plastered across a Ugandan tabloid in October with the headline “100 Pictures of Uganda’s Top Homos Leak.” ¯ The subheading on the cover read “Hang them.”
The magazine, called Rolling Stone, has a circulation of about 2,000 and has no association with the United States publication.
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Kato and SMUG had gotten a permanent injunction forcing Rolling Stone to cease publishing names and photos in their tabloid, but it seems that may have come too late. The police say that they believe Kato was killed in a robbery gone wrong.
Three evangelical missionaries from the United States came under fire last March where they, according to The New York Times, discussed how to make gay people straight, how gay men often sodomized teenage boys and how “the gay movement is an evil institution”¯ whose goal is “to defeat the marriage-based society and replace it with a culture of sexual promiscuity.”
Shortly after the evangelicals presented in Uganda, the Anti-Homosexuality bill was introduced in Parliament. The bill would put to death those who had been convicted of homosexuality. After much protest, the death penalty was dropped from the bill, the entirety of which seems to have been shelved.
Reuters was able to speak with Rolling Stone editor Giles Muhame, who said “There has been a lot of crime, it may not be because he is gay. We want the government to hang people who promote homosexuality, not for the public to attack them.”
David Kato’s death is especially terrifying for 29-year-old Brenda Namigadde. Namigadde is a lesbian in the U.K. who will be deported back to Uganda on Friday. She has not been granted asylum because officials say that there is not sufficient proof that she is a lesbian. Namigadde is understandably terrified, telling The Advocate “It’s really very scary to go back to Uganda. My life is gone as well. I am in danger. [Kato] is the one who was trying to stand for people.”
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