A front page article in Uganda’s Rolling Stone has exposed the names, addresses, and photos of what it calls the “Top 100 Homos” in the nation, alongside a bright yellow banner that says “hang them.”
Washington Post In the days since it was published, at least four gay Ugandans on the list have been attacked and many others are in hiding, according to rights activist Julian Onziema. One person named in the story had stones thrown at his house by neighbors.
A lawmaker in this conservative African country introduced a bill a year ago that would have imposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts and life in prison for others. An international uproar ensued, and the bill was quietly shelved.
But gays in Uganda say they have faced a year of harassment and attacks since the bill’s introduction.
The Post does not mention that some of the people on the “Top 100 Homosexuals” list aren’t gay, and in fact are happily married to opposite sex partners. The list of “homosexuals” is also a list of those who have advocated for equal rights for the gay, something that apparently is seen as just as distasteful as being gay in the country. Harassment and intimidation of advocates is a yet another way to try to cut off any chance that things might change.