Jan 27, 2011

Uganda: Murder of Gay Activist David Kato Under Investigation


The Anti-Homosexuality Bill introduced by MP David Bahati recommends the death penalty for people who engage in “Aggravated Homosexuality” in Uganda. The bill imposes substantial fines on men or women who do not choose to report their homosexual behavior. This bill has been condemned by many countries, including the United States. David Kato, a gay activist in Uganda, aggressively spoke out against the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” until he was murdered on January 26th 2011.  The bill discourages people who are engaging in homosexual acts from seeking HIV prevention techniques, treatment and care. Further, statistics show that a homophobic response to homosexuals increases their engagement in unprotected sex by a factor of 3.5.  We at LfM believe that homosexuals, being part of the group of people who are most at risk for HIV contraction and most likely to spread HIV should feel able to protect themselves by using condoms without fear of condemnation from their government and/or fellow citizens. Lastly, no marginalized group of individuals whether they are sex workers, gay or HIV+ should be stigmatized. Tolerance must be emphasized in schools, in communities and by the government. Click here to read the full article:http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?ReportID=91744

Did you know?

Children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010

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