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Breaking: Uganda Tabloid Publishes Names And Photos Of Gays — ‘Top Gay Recruiters Busted’

by David Badash on February 24, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,International,News,Politics,Religion

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This weekend a tabloid in Uganda is publishing names and photos of people it claims are gay, amid a nationwide attack on the LGBT community during a four-year battle to pass the “Kill The Gays” bill. Regardless of the status of the “Anti-Homosexuality BIll,” it is illegal to be gay in Uganda.

Red Pepper’s front page (image, above) proudly announces, “Top Uganda Gay Recruiters Busted,” a heinous attack that claims gay people “recruit” others into homosexuality, which is a decades-old lie planted by the anti-gay right.

LGBT civil rights activist Frank Mugisha on Saturday reported the news via Twitter:


Mugisha’s second tweet, “sunday pepper page 22 and 23.,” was in response to highly-homophobic anti-gay preacher, pastor Martin Ssempa, who has worked tirelessly to try to get the Kill The Gays bill passed.

Red Pepper, a highly-sensationalist newspaper, in 2006 published the first names and occupations of people it claimed were gay or lesbian also, to great criticism.

And in December of last year, Red Pepper published what likely was a photoshopped image, claiming it was Uganda’s top national football (in U.S., soccer) coach “sodomising” another man, allegedly one of his football players.



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BJLincoln February 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I feel so sorry for those people. It's so sad that the LGBT population there has to hide just to keep from getting beat up , raped, or killed. The gross ignorance is amazing.
For as much as I complain about the lack of equality here in the US, I am so glad I do not live there.
Is there anything we can do?

george February 25, 2013 at 5:56 am

Well, the fact is that the Red Pepper never really gets to mention real people’s names unless they have a photo, which is already bad. Ugandans do not like homosexuality, that is true, but no one wants a gay person dead. The problem really is gay people who are going to schools and recruiting the under-aged. Unfortunately, what the western people never know is that the likes of Frank Mugisha who brand themselves gay rights activists, are actually masquerading to earn a living. It is now known that being a gay right activist and making up stories about how Uganda is homophobic puts bread on these activists table. Most gay people in Kampala are actually semi-out and people know them…some of them are even famous, they rarely get threats……The problem is these so called activists who jetset the world painting a grim picture of homosexuality in Uganda so they can get grants and aid for projects that never leave the runway!

Merves February 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm

What George is saying is absolutely true. Ugandans who masquerade as gay activists are just doing so for their own benefit. I myself am a Ugandan gay man living in Kampala. I ave been facing a lot of troubles and problems for being gay but I have no one to turn to. That very Frank Mugisha, I have contacted on several occasions seeking some help, at least emotional and moral support, but he even did not give me a chance to meet him. I have him as a friend on facebook but it ends on seeing him online. I contacted him two times and he did not respond. The third time I found him online on facebook but the only response I got from him- he sent me his email address and told me to send him an email address letting him know how I wanted me to help him. I did send the email, and waited for the reply in vain. After sometime I saw him online on Facebook again and tried to as him why he did not get back with me. He did not respond! That's what all of them are doing. They do absolutely nothing for the gay community in Uganda. They are addressing no problems or help in any way. All those I know are now living good lives by Ugandan standards, even those who used to be poppers, driving cars in Uganda where to the majority owning a car is more of a dream, living in posh apartments, and overseas trips every now and then. But there is nothing on the ground. Something like this Red Pepper publication gives them a lot and these are some of the situations from which they reap a lot. But we gay Ugandans are just so miserable without any help. On the contrary, Georges statement that Ugandans don't like homosexuality but no one wants a gay person dead, that is extremely false. Ugandans hate gay people with all their hearts and if they have a chance they want to see all of us dead. I have heard threats in the press and radio and TV talk shows people calling in and spit fire saying who should be shot on firing squad. I have been living and still lives in hell here for being gay, and am in constant terror of what might happen to me. As to recruiting the underage in schools, that is also extremely false and just trying to frame gay people and painting us with a bad image. No one can be recruited into a sexual lifestyle. True there are a lot of youths out there who are gay, but nobody recruits, but rather they chose to be gay because that;s what they are. In a dangerous country like Uganda who can ever risk going to a place like a school and start telling students about becoming or loving being gay and initiate them? Is being gay like a school or a job for which people are recruited? So funny yet so sad.

laura_jane February 26, 2013 at 5:49 am

HI Merves very interested in your comment. Please get in touch with me – Am in Uganda and would love to hear some more about your views.

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