Uganda activists fear harsh HIV law will boost AIDS

Mandatory HIV testing, mandatory HIV disclosure and criminalization are among the features of the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Management Bill that is heading to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for his approval. If enacted, the bill’s hard-line approach would make it more challenging to halt the AIDS epidemic in Uganda, because it would discourage HIV-positive people from getting … Continue reading

Faith and religion

The rotten roots of Uganda’s anti-gay celebration

LGBT rights activists in Uganda were rattled by the display of widespread anti-gay sentiment and the ill-informed homophobic speech given by President Yoweri Museveni during today’s Parade and Thanksgiving Celebration for the enactment of the country’s harsh new Anti-Homosexuality Act. In his speech, Museveni disregarded the broad scientific consensus that homosexuality is a natural phenomenon, … Continue reading


Prediction: Here’s why Museveni will sign anti-gay bill

The Rev. Canon Kapya Kaoma, an Episcopal priest and a project director at Political Research Associates, wrote this commentary about the influence of Russian homophobia on Africa and what to expect with regard to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda. A native of Zambia, Kaoma wrote  the reports Colonizing African Values and Globalizing the Culture Wars. … Continue reading


Uganda school targets 22 students in anti-gay push

While Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni considers whether to sign the harsh Anti-Homosexuality Bill recently passed by parliament, a Ugandan secondary school has expelled nearly two dozen female students for alleged involvement in same-sex relationships. The Ugandan Daily Monitor reported: Iganga school expels 22 students over lesbianism IGANGA- Twenty two students have been expelled for allegedly … Continue reading

Faith and religion

In reversal, Catholic Church backs ‘Kill the Gays’ bill?

[Editor’s note from November 2012: In the months since this report appeared, the Roman Catholic Church in Uganda has not publicly backed the “Kill the Gays” bill, nor denounced it. That leaves unclear whether Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga was merely in attendance at the meeting that endorsed the bill, or was actually supportive of it.] … Continue reading