Uganda
The Republic of Uganda is an East African nation and former British colony, which gained independence from the U.K. in 1962. Discover the latest news about Uganda, where ‘carnal knowledge against the order of nature’ can be penalized by life imprisonment, according to the country’s penal code, a sodomy law that remains from the country’s colonial era. Learn about the ongoing struggle for LGBT rights in the republic, which has striven to enact harsher laws against gays and lesbians that includes punishments such as the death penalty.
Op-ed: Global LGBT Rights a Patchwork of Equality and Persecution

Op-ed: Global LGBT Rights a Patchwork of Equality and Persecution

This year saw some steps forward on global LGBT human rights, but many victories came in the form of harm reduction rather than 'clean' wins.

E.U. Court Rules Against 'Gay Tests' for Asylum Seekers

E.U. Court Rules Against 'Gay Tests' for Asylum Seekers

E.U. member nations may no longer require sexuality "tests" for asylum seekers claiming that they are LGBT and face persecution at home.

Ugandan Lawmaker Promises Homophobia for the Holidays — Again

Ugandan Lawmaker Promises Homophobia for the Holidays

Recalling a promise made by another parliamentarian in 2012, a Ugandan legislator says the nation will get a new 'jail the gays' act just in time for Christmas.

WATCH: Sodomy Charges Dismissed as Activists Say Ugandans Not Really Homophobic

WATCH: Activists Say Ugandans Aren't Truly Homophobic

Two Ugandan LGBT rights advocates, one whose criminal charges for sodomy were just dismissed, say their fellow Ugandans can become more accepting.

Ugandan LGBT-rights Activist Granted Asylum

Ugandan LGBT-rights Activist Granted Asylum

Despite the repeal of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act, John "Longjones" Wambere and U.S. officials feel his home country isn't a safe place for LGBT people — especially for activists, such as he, who have been evicted and threatened with violence.

Gambia Adopts Uganda's 'Jail The Gays' Bill

Another Country Adopts Uganda's 'Jail The Gays' Bill

A month after Uganda repealed its draconian antigay law, Gambia passes an almost identical bill that would put gays behind bars for life in many cases.

Ugandan Activists Doubt Claims of Death by Stoning

Were LGBT Ugandans Really Stoned to Death? 

Mainline LGBT activists doubt the claims and worry that false reports will provide ammunition for homophobic forces looking to rally others against LGBT Ugandans. 

WATCH: Step Into an Illegal Gay Wedding in Uganda

WATCH: Step Into an Illegal Gay Wedding in Uganda

Before Uganda's draconian antigay law was overturned earlier this month, a brave same-sex couple wed in a covert ceremony near Kampala.

What Are the Chances Uganda Will Just Pass a New Antigay Law?

What Are the Chances Uganda Will Just Pass a New Antigay Law?

Apparently hoping to skirt international critique while also appeasing rabidly antigay lawmakers in his own party, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni is walking a fine line. 

Rights Groups in 'Recon' Mode Following U.S.-Africa Summit

Was the U.S.-Africa Summit a Bust for LGBT Equality?

After failing to win a seat at the table inside the summit, HRC and Human Rights First are sizing up the potential impact on the lives of LGBTs from the historic U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

Uganda Pride Sends Message: Some Ugandans Are Gay, Get Over It

Some Ugandans Are Gay, Get Over It

Six months after President Yoweri Museveni signs a draconian antigay bill into law, and less than two weeks after that law was overturned, (invitation-only) Uganda Pride goes off without a hitch.

Scott Lively: 'Not Unhappy' Uganda's Antigay Law Struck Down

Scott Lively: 'Not Unhappy' Uganda's Antigay Law Struck Down

The decision shows Ugandans are not his 'puppets,' says the antigay minister, who is being sued for spreading homophobia in the nation.

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