I’m due in class in less than half an hour so this will be very quick. The news broke today that David Kato, the Ugandan gay rights activist, has been beaten to death with a hammer in his own home. This follows mass hysterical homophobia which was whipped up at least partly by gay-hating Christian evangelicals from the US, and an article in Uganda’s Rolling Stone (nothing to do with the American magazine with the same name) where pictures of gay people were published next to an encouragement to hang them. The preachers then backed away as if they had nothing to do with it. I’ve been trying to follow Kato’s activities for some time, he was certainly one of the bravest amongst civil rights campaigners. Some time ago, Rachel Maddow interviewed the Ugandan MP behind new anti-gay laws, which would sentence gay people to death in some cases. Daylight is the best disinfectant, and people like this need disinfecting, so I’ll put the first part here.
It doesn’t end there though. There’s something you can do. Brenda Namigadde, a Ugandan lesbian in the UK, has been told she will be deported back to Uganda this week, where she will almost certainly be in danger from similar attacks, especially since that same Ugandan MP has taken an interest in her case. You can sign a letter to Theresa May, the Home Secretary, who can reverse the decision. This is a problematic area, Theresa May was against the repeal of Section 28, saying that it was necessary to ‘protect children’. Apparently she thinks you can catch the gay. However, she did say last year that people who were at risk in their own countries because of their sexuality would not be deported, so there is hope. Please, sign the letter.