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.
BREAKING: Ugandan Court Throws Out 'Jail The Gays' Law
August 01 2014 12:02 PM ET August 01 2014 12:29 PM ET

BREAKING: Ugandan Court Throws Out 'Jail The Gays' Law

Sunnivie Brydum

A landmark ruling from Uganda's Constitutional Court today overturned the draconian anti-LGBT law on a technicality.

40 Under 40: Frank Mugisha Risks Everything For Ugandans Who Can't Speak Out
July 31 2014 5:00 AM ET

Frank Mugisha Risks Everything For Silenced Ugandans

Thom Senzee

The Fighters: Frank Mugisha faces a violently homophobic society, but he works tirelessly to improve the lives of LGBT Ugandans.

Could Uganda's Constitutional Court Overturn 'Jail the Gays' Law?
July 30 2014 5:12 PM ET

Could Uganda's Constitutional Court Overturn 'Jail the Gays' Law? 

Thom Senzee and Sunnivie Brydum

The first two days of a court hearing regarding the constitutionality of Uganda's draconian antigay law have activists hoping change is near.

Uganda: Program for Male Rape Victims Threatened by Antigay Law
July 29 2014 11:49 AM ET

Uganda: Program for Male Rape Victims Threatened

Thom Senzee

Ironically, the same Ugandan police forces expressing willingness to help male victims of rape overcome stigma have been accused as perpetrators of assault against LGBT Ugandans.

Petition Urges Obama: Disinvite Uganda's Antigay President
July 23 2014 3:20 PM ET

Should Obama Host Uganda’s Antigay President at Summit?

Thom Senzee

LGBT ally Milton Allimadi's Change.org petition calls on the U.S. president to exclude Museveni for homophobic remarks, alleged war crimes, and signing Uganda's draconian antigay law.

Uganda: Students Arrested for 'Promoting Homosexuality'
July 10 2014 6:43 PM ET

Uganda: Students Arrested for 'Promoting Homosexuality'

Thom Senzee

A teacher, two businessman, and two students have been taken by police for allegedly violating Uganda's draconian new Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Uganda Claims 'Jail the Gays' Law Not Meant to Punish Gays
July 07 2014 7:24 PM ET

Uganda Claims 'Jail the Gays' Law Not Meant to Punish Gays

Sunnivie Brydum

The draconian legislation is just intended to curb the 'open promotion of homosexuality,' in the interest of protecting children, claims the Ugandan government.

Activists: Hundreds of LGBT Refugees Have Fled Uganda
June 27 2014 3:24 PM ET

Activists: Hundreds of LGBT Refugees Fleeing Uganda

Thom Senzee

A Kenyan activist, Ugandan asylum-seeker, and the American Jewish World Service hope to raise awareness about east Africa's beleaguered LGBT community, even as hundreds reportedly flee Uganda.

Uganda Lashes Out at U.S. Sanctions; Will Hurt 'Most Vulnerable'
June 23 2014 7:45 PM ET

Uganda Lashes Out at U.S. Sanctions

Thom Senzee

Admonitions from Kampala follow last week's news of fresh U.S. sanctions, including the loss of millions in funding for a new health institute and visa denials. 

U.S. Ratchets Up Response to Uganda Antigay Law
June 19 2014 3:52 PM ET June 23 2014 8:25 PM ET

U.S. Ratchets Up Response to Uganda's Antigay Law

Thom Senzee

The White House announced that the State Department will prevent some Ugandan officials from entering the U.S., and cut or redirect funds from Uganda's aid package.

How to Support LGBT People Around the World
June 18 2014 7:50 PM ET

How to Support LGBT People Around the World

Dennis Hinzmann

Uganda criminalizes being gay and Thailand shames it. What can you do to help?

UK Grants Reprieve to Ugandan Lesbian Facing Deportation
June 11 2014 9:13 PM ET

U.K. Won't Deport Ugandan Lesbian — Yet 

Thom Senzee

The British Home Office announced this week it has put a hold on deportation proceedings for Ugandan lesbian Harriet Nakigudde, as the office considers her request for political asylum.

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