LGBTQ activist continues work in Uganda despite harsh discrimination


Nick Trombola at Indian University writes:

KAMPALA, UGANDA — Joseph Kawesi and her two roommates are transgender women living in a country where being so potentially carries a penalty of almost 10 years in prison.

While Ugandan government policies on other sometimes controversial issues like refugee asylum and HIV treatment/activism are quite progressive, Kawesi said the LGBTQ community there suffers from the opposite.

Homosexuality has been illegal in Uganda since 1894 when it was under British colonial rule. Homophobia in the country however has been steadily growing since the AIDS epidemic and eventually culminated in the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014, which sought to make a criminal conviction of homosexuality punishable by death. While the bill was annulled by the Constitutional Court of Uganda later that year, stigma and violent incidents against the LGBTQ community are still at an all-time high.

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