U.K. Producer Behind Gay Play in Uganda Now Out of Jail

By Neal Broverman

Originally published on Advocate.com September 17 2012 1:52 PM ET

The British producer behind The River and the Mountain, a play recently staged in Uganda featuring a sympathetic gay protagonist, is now out of jail in the African nation — but he can't leave Uganda until his case his decided by a judge.

Officials tossed David Cecil in prison because they say he violated the Uganda Media Council by staging his play last month; the nation has strict rules against homosexuality and recently considered condemning certain gay people to death. The River and the Mountain was ultimately shut down.

A magistrate released Cecil on Monday after he posted bail. He will next head to court on October 18.

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