A Ugandan newspaper has published a list of the country’s ‘top 200’ homosexuals, a day after their president signed their anti gay bill into law which punishes ‘aggravated homosexuality’ with life in prison.
The Red Pepper, a Ugandan tabloid, ran the names of 200 people it claims are homosexuals, and the list includes prominent Ugandan gay activists such as Pepe Julian Onziema, as well as a popular Ugandan hip-hop star and a Catholic priest.
Few Ugandans identify themselves publicly as gay, and the tabloid’s publication of alleged homosexuals
recalls a similar list published in 2010 where a prominent Ugandan gay activist, David Kato, was beaten to death after the Rolling Stone newspaper – which has no affiliation with the American magazine – called for him to be hanged.
In 2011 the then-editor said he had ‘no regrets’ over the article, as it was exposing wrongdoing, but a Ugandan judge later condemned the outing of homosexuals in a country where gays face severe
discrimination, saying it amounted to an invasion of privacy.
Reports say more than a dozen Ugandan homosexuals have fled the country since December over safety concerns.
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