Uproar after Uganda enacts anti-gay law

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05/31/2023

Uganda’s latest anti-Homosexuality law is one of the world’s most brutal legislations that seeks to restrict homosexual rights in Uganda and punish offenders. When lawmakers initially passed the bill in March, President Museveni had it sent back to parliament, asking for some of its provisions to be toned down. But on Monday, the 78-year-old leader signed the revised bill into lawMembers of Uganda’s LGBTQ community are going into hiding. One who chose to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal urged the international community and human rights organizations to intervene to protect people like him. “Is it a crime to embrace my identity? I am even scared for my life like a refugee. Why are they even criminalizing this [homosexuality]? This is who I am. I am scared for my life, and I am scared for my friends. I am scared for my family. We are really scared,” he told DW. Another lesbian, a bartender in the capital Kampala is equally in panic. She says everyone has ganged up against their rights. She told DW that the death penalty, life imprisonment, and hefty fines have changed her life.

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