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    Gays Attacked in Uganda After Mag Publishes Info American evangelicals complicit in the anti-gay atmosphere. By Jody May-Chang Jody May-Chang is an independent
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 23, 2010
      Gays Attacked in Uganda After Mag Publishes Info
      American evangelicals complicit in the anti-gay atmosphere.
      By Jody May-Chang

      Jody May-Chang is an independent journalist dedicated to investigative
      reporting, commentary and analysis of LGBTQ, politics and human rights
      issues. She is a frequent contributor to Boise Weekly.

      It's 11:00 PM on a late October night in a small village on the outskirts of
      Kampala. The power is out and the streets are dark when a mob of five men
      unexpectedly show up at the home of Peter Yiga, a known gay activist.

      Yiga, like many gays and lesbians in Uganda, leads a double life, living a
      typical heterosexual existence with a woman who is also the mother of his
      child in order to provide cover from dangers like the one unfolding.

      The men knock on the door, Yiga's "wife" quietly asks, "Who's there?" They
      tell her they're friends of Peter's and that he's expecting them for a
      meeting. Just as she cracks the door to get a look, they force it open and
      enter the house.

      A few weeks earlier the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone (not associated with
      the American publication) printed the identities and addresses of 100 known
      or suspected gays and lesbians under the headline, "Hang Them; They Are
      After Our Kids!!"

      The rest of the article is here:

      Bishop Among Those "Outed" by Ugandan Tabloid
      By Jocelyn Edwards

      Jocelyn Edwards is a Canadian freelance journalist currently based in

      Under the headline "Hang Them," on the front cover of the Ugandan
      tabloid notorious for outing gays and lesbians, sat a picture of
      heterosexual Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo. His inclusion was only
      the latest example of the persecution that the bishop has faced for speaking
      out on behalf of the country's embattled homosexual community.

      The Ugandan Rolling Stone (no affiliation to the US publication),
      which has outed almost 30 gays and lesbians over two issues, epitomizes the
      heightened discrimination that gays and lesbians and their allies have faced
      following the introduction of legislation that would, among other things,
      implement the death penalty for "aggravated homosexuality." After an outcry
      from western donors, the Ugandan president backed away from the bill and it
      stalled in committee. In the year since the bill was introduced, however,
      gays and lesbians have still faced violence, eviction and job loss.

      Though he is heterosexual and married with children, the 78-year-old
      wasn't surprised by his inclusion in the tabloid. Senyonjo, who has a kind,
      grandfatherly manner, has experienced similar treatment since he first
      started counseling gays and lesbians, one of the few members of the clergy
      in Uganda who does so. "I'm somehow used to this kind of talk and
      harassment," he said, referring to looks and comments when he's out in
      public, prayers for him to change his mind and once, a slap from a stranger
      in the street. "These are the sort of things I expect," he said.

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