How Queer Ugandans are Faring a Year After the Harsh Anti-LGBTQ Law Passed

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05/03/2024

“We’re all illegal now,” read a text to Musana (who is using an alias for protection) sent by one of her friends in May 2023, after Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni signed an incredibly harsh anti-LGBTQ+ bill into law. Musana was in Kenya, enjoying a beach holiday with her girlfriend when the news came out, turning the sunny skies of her getaway into dark clouds of fear and uncertainty, as she contemplated making a new life in Kenya or returning back home. About a year later, Musana reflects on her decision and shares what it’s like to live in a country that isn’t just pressing her against the margins, but actively seeking her entire erasure if possible. In the first part of the two-part podcast series, “Not Enough Sun,” Musana is interviewed by her friend John (who is using an alias for protection), an LGBTQ+ reporter who responded to Radio Workshop’s call for LGBTQ+ stories last August.

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