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UGANDA: The persecution of homosexuality

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2010 - Portrait of a closeted homosexual in Kampala, Uganda. With the perspective of the anti-homosexuality bill, the gay community has lived in fear for their lives and many have taken actions to protect themselves and become increasingly isolated. David Bahati's Anti-Homosexuality Bill was tabled in Ugandan Parliament on October 2009, and is currently before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament.The bill proposes that a new offence be created in Uganda named "aggravated homosexuality" which would be punishable as a capital offence. The proposals included plans to introduce the death penalty for homosexuals who practiced gay sex with people under 18, with disabled people, when the accused party is HIV-positive, or for those previously convicted of homosexuality-related offences. Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda and punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Photo: Benedicte Desrus