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A life at odds with the law

Violence against gays and transgender people has risen sharply in Uganda in recent years, especially after a controversial bill was introduced. 

 

"Being gay in Uganda is not easy, but it is possible to survive. You risk losing your job, being thrown out of the apartment and being ostracized by the family, but still I don't think Uganda is worse than most other African countries. We risk usually not to be killed, as in Nigeria or South Africa, where on paper they have Africa's most liberal constitution. " Ambrozio Barigye is a field worker and journalist for the Kuchu Times, a media organization that works to improve the situation of gays and transgender people in Uganda. The word Kuchu can be translated as "queer" in Luganda, the language spoken in the capital Kampala, and is used derogatory of anyone who does not fit into the "normal" category. Uganda has also been condemned internationally in recent years for its treatment of gays and transgender people, and a large number of Ugandans have fled – either to neighboring countries or to the West – to escape harassment and prosecution in their home countries. But does Uganda really deserve the monstrous stamp the country has received from Western media? At least there are many gays and transgender people living an open life in the bigger cities, especially in Kampala – but they live a difficult life on the constant edge of the law.Screen Shot at 2016 08-17-14.29.40

This LGBT activist, who wishes to remain anonymous for his own safety, says "No one is free until we are all free" (Until...

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