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Ugandan gay activist murdered, another’s life hangs in the balance

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Update, Jan. 27: The White House today issued a statement by President Barack Obama, as did Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Updated story here.

David Kato Kisulle

Ugandan activist David Kato Kisulle has been murdered in his home in Kampala, according to the Box Turtle Bulletin and the BBC.

He was found having been beaten in the skull with a hammer a his home and there is little more information than that at this time. What we do know is that Kato was featured in the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone, which featured names and photos of gay men under the headline “HANG THEM!”

Kato was one of three plaintiffs seeking a permanent injunction against the tabloid, which was successful. And in recent days, he had told friends of several death threats he’d received and was in fear for his life.

Since the introduction last year of the “Anti-Homosexual Bill” which has come to be known as the “Kill the Gays Bill” has been the topic of outrage from LGBT organizations around the country. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has brought this bill to light in the US and featured the author of the bill, David Bahati in a two-part interview last month.

Today’s murder also highlights an important case regarding Ugandan Brenda Namigadde living in the UK and facing deportation back to Uganda after failed please for asylum. All Out has launched a campaign to keep Brenda in the UK, which may quite literally save her life.

“Kill the Gays Bill” Author Bahati said of Namigadde:

“Brenda is welcome in Uganda if she will abandon or repent her behaviour. Here in Uganda, homosexuality is not a human right. It is behaviour that is learned and it can be unlearned. We wouldn’t want Brenda to be painting a wrong picture of Uganda, that we are harassing homosexuals.”

It would seem Bahati may be correct, Uganda is doing far worse than harassing homosexuals.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. When will this end!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 7:59pm
  2. Fuck.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 7:59pm
  3. This is aweful makes me sick…

    Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 8:00pm
  4. omfg this needs too end!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 8:08pm
  5. R.I.P David

    Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 8:11pm
  6. American Evangelical Republicans have blood on their hands since they are the main ones behind this and funding all this hate and murder.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 8:20pm
  7. It is extremely disturbing….that ugliness such as this is still going on in the world.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 8:44pm
  8. My heart hurts for every person who has to go thru this. We are all human beings. When did we forget that. Do you think a gay teenager doesn’t feel or hurt ?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 8:51pm
  9. So sad and senseless – why must people hate?????

    Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 9:00pm
  10. Have these moronic monsters never heard of the concept of the matyr–they just boosted the nobility of David’s activism 1000 fold!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 9:00pm
  11. WTF am I confused…4 people “like this”????

    Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 9:57pm
  12. There needs to be a worldwide boycott of Ugandan exports until this madness ceases.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 11:07pm
  13. So they (probably) break into his house, commit premeditated murder and think THEY are better than he was? Homophobes should honestly rethink their priorities – disgusting behaviour that tarnishes Uganda’s friendly reputation (one of my favourite countries to visit most of all because of the friendly people)
    as a black gay African I wonder about my next trip there…

    Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 12:21am
  14. Why is the US not helping out in this situation? We always want to help people who have something for us (natural resources, oil!) But these Ugandan citizens are being murdered and we just stand by and do nothing!

    Posted on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 10:03am