back to thumbnails

UGANDA: The anti-gay bill & persecution of homosexuals

Image 11 of 24
< Prev Next >
2010 - Ugandan Pentecostal Pastor Solomon Male gives a speech during an anti-gay rally organised by the Muslims community in Mbarara, Uganda. Pastor Male is part of the "National Coalition against Homosexuality and Sexual Abuse" in Uganda. He claims he was the first person in the country to come out openly against gays. Pastor Male believes that no one is born gay and that through counselling they can be cured of this "affliction". David Bahati's Anti-Homosexuality Bill was tabled in Ugandan Parliament on October 2009.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: Bénédicte Desrus