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Uganda Tabloid Publishes ’200 Top Homos’ List Day After Life-In-Prison For Gays Becomes Law

by David Badash on February 25, 2014

in Bigotry Watch,Civil Rights,Discrimination,News

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A top tabloid in Uganda today published a list of people it claims are gay, just one day after President Yoweri Museveni signed his country’s infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law. Red Pepper published the names, addresses, and photographs of some or many of the 200 named LGBT people, under the headline: “EXPOSED! Uganda’s 200 Top Homos Named.”

WATCH: President Of Uganda Says Gay People Are ‘Disgusting’

“Two of the four front-page photos are of well-known LGBT rights activists,” notes Jim Burroway of Box Turtle Bulletin, adding that the “other two photos are of popular cultural figures in Uganda, Fr. Anthony Musaala and a hip-hop performer who goes by the stage name of Keko.”

Burroway adds that “Red Pepper’s outing campaign this time takes up three interior pages with more names and photos of LGBT Ugandans. Some of the names and photos are well-known: Sexual Minorities Uganda executive director Frank Mugisha, transgender rights activist Pepe Julian Onziema, and Freedom and Roam Uganda executive director Jacqueline Kasha. Onziema told the Associated Press that he knew of six arrests since Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act yesterday. Police have confirmed two.

But the overwhelming number of those named by Red Pepper are private citizens and not well-known activists or celebrities. The names listed are often those of ordinary salespeople, shopkeepers, and ordinary employees of larger firms. The evidence for their alleged homosexuality is not given, and many, in fact, may not be gay or transgender.

 


Last year, Red Pepper, in another vile assault on the LGBT community, published an article titled, “Top Uganda Gay Recruiters Busted” — a heinous attack suggesting gay people “recruit” others into homosexuality, which is a decades-old lie planted by the anti-gay right.

In November of 2010, another Uganda tabloid, Rolling Stone, (no relation to the iconic U.S. magazine and now reportedly closed,) published a front-page article titled, “100 Pictures Uganda’s Top Homos Leak.” Below the front page title, apparently, was a photo of Uganda’s LGBT activist David Kato, who was subsequently murdered just two months later.

WATCH: Uganda’s “Hang The Gays” Editor Speaks

The Huffington Post adds that “Red Pepper is infamous for its homophobic copy, which has included the headlines: ‘This gay monster raped boys in school but failed to bonk wife‘, ‘Smoked out! Uganda Cranes boss nabbed sodomising players.‘”

The New Civil Rights Movement reported on that last story in 2012, the shocking and likely photoshopped cover can be seen here.

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{ 5 comments }

Jakrabt February 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Gee, THANKS Christians. You really did God’s work THIS time…….

tgflux February 25, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Hey, one of the guys named on the cover IS a Christian minister (I bet many more named inside are, too). One of the leading persons FIGHTING this obscene law is an Anglican priest named Rev. Kapya Kaoma.

This law is the work of a homophobic subset known as "Christianists" (termed coined by Andrew Sullivan, to parallel "Islamists"). Scott Lively and his ilk? Christianists. Pope Benedict? Christianist. Fred Phelps? Christianist.

Many Christians are our LGBT kin, and *fiercest* straight allies. Don't paint them all the same.

Jakrabt February 26, 2014 at 5:50 am

I was actually referring to Scott Lively and the other two “missionaries” who have been frequenting Uganda planting these ideas for the past few years. I hold them responsible. I am Episcopalian myself.

SeanLiberty13 February 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm

The blood thirsty Nazi Barbarian Bryan Fischer tweeted support for the bill calling it a "winnable war". He now has blood on his hands.

globewriter February 26, 2014 at 12:11 am

Their twitter handle is @RedPepperUG feel free to tweet. I did.

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