Thursday, January 27, 2011

Homophobia in Uganda is not ok

I’ve just received a press release about the murder of Ugandan gay rights activist, David Kato, who was mercilessly beaten to death yesterday in Mukono, Uganda.

Mr. Gay South Africa, Francois Nel, with the support of LGBTI NGOs and organisations will be laying flowers at a vigil at the Ugandan High Commission at 882 Church Street, Arcadia, Pretoria, tomorrow afternoon at 5 pm in honour of David Kato.  

According to, David Kato was one of three people featured in Uganda's Rolling Stone newspaper which was this month ordered,  in a court injunction, to stop its anti-gay campaign. Friends of Kato, who did not want to be named, told Reuters he was attacked with a hammer.

Nel said: “The vigil is held to commemorate David Kato's life - for living true to his natural identity - and is a celebration of the work he has done for our community. We will remember you and work harder for a world where we all have equal human rights, irrespective of sexuality. We grieve this sad loss and stand together in solidarity with the LGTBI community in Uganda.”


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