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The Queer Community Is Under Threat In Uganda As The Country Passes The “Anti-Homosexuality” Bill Today

March 22, 2023

Today (March 22,2023) Uganda has passed the Anti-Gay bill which effectively criminalises anyone who identifies as the member of the LGBTQ+ community, anyone who has knowledge or provides aid to the queer people. The bill has made same sex relationships punishable by up to 10 years in prison, which is a huge setback for LGBTQ+ rights in the country. Uganda is notorious for its intolerance against queer people and this bill will spark a renewed violence against people who identify as queer. Recently Museveni, the 78 year old Ugandan President, referred to gay people as deviants, suggesting that they suffer from a form of abnormality which can neither be prayed for but is fit for punishment.

Under the proposed law, LGBTQ+ individuals in Uganda are likely to face increased violence and discrimination as a result of the law. They may be ostracized from their families, communities, and even their jobs, and could be at risk of physical harm or death. This law also makes it harder for organizations that support LGBTQ+ rights to operate in Uganda, as they risk prosecution and imprisonment for doing so.

It’s also worth considering the broader social and political context in Uganda. The country has a long history of discrimination and persecution against LGBTQ+ individuals, and this new law is just the latest in a series of repressive policies and actions. Understanding the underlying causes and dynamics that contribute to this discrimination is key to addressing the issue and supporting those who are affected by it.

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