Image 1 of 1
Auf visits his family in the slum where he grew up in Kampala, Uganda on March 7, 2010. Auf Usaam Mukwaya is a 26 year old gay man and gay rights activist. Because of that, he was arrested and jailed a couple of times, and has endured constant homophobic taunts from his neighbors since he was outed in one of the local papers and his face was shown on television. It became impossible for him to fight back, so he had to flee his own country for his own safety. In June 2010 he arrived in France where he received political Asylum. In France, he founded AGLOAH, an organization of committed African gay and lesbians, willing to fight homophobia in Africa. 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 the death penalty for homosexuals, imprisonment for heterosexuals who don't turn gays over to the police and the abolition of all organizations that support gay rights. Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda and punishable by up to 14 years in prison. Photo credit: Bénédicte Desrus