Uganda's Rolling Stone Publishes 100 Photos of 'Top' Homosexuals
The Newspaper Rolling Stone in Uganda Has Published a List of the Country's 100 'Top' Homosexuals With the Headline 'Hang Them'
Photos, full names and addresses were also posted in the paper.
According to the Washington Post, since the publication of the list a few days ago, four men have been attacked and many have gone into hiding in fear of their lives. One person had stones thrown at their house as well.
It was about a year ago that Uganda tried to impose the death penalty for some homosexual acts, and life in prison if found guilty of other acts, but international outrage squashed the attempt. The bill was drawn up after a visit by leaders of U.S. conservative Christian ministries that say they can 'cure' someone into being heterosexual. For gay men in Uganda however, attacks have increased since the introduction of the bill.
"Before the introduction of the bill in parliament most people did not mind about our activities. But since then, we are harassed by many people who hate homosexuality," said Patrick Ndede, 27. "The publicity the bill got made many people come to know about us and they started mistreating us."
Currently about 17 homosexuals are in prison and about 20 have been attacked int he past year.
Homophobia is rife in many African countries. Homosexuality is punishable by death or imprisonment in Nigeria. In South Africa, the only African nation to recognize gay marriage, gangs carry out so-called "corrective" rapes on lesbians.
In the Rolling Stone article it claims that there is a disease attacking homosexuals in Uganda and it also claims that gay people are recruiting about one million children to join their cause.
The newspaper has since been ordered to stop publishing, but only because they were not registered with the government, not because of their content. Once they fill out the paperwork, they will be able to resume publication.
The paper's managing editor, Giles Muhame, said the article was "in the public interest."
"We felt there was need for society to know that such characters exist amongst them. Some of them recruit young children into homosexuality, which is bad and need to be exposed," he said. "They take advantage of poverty to recruit Ugandans. In brief we did so because homosexuality is illegal, unacceptable and insults our traditional lifestyle.'