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.
Ugandan Lawmaker Promises Homophobia for the Holidays — Again
November 26 2014 6:58 PM ET

Ugandan Lawmaker Promises Homophobia for the Holidays

Thom Senzee

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
November 02 2014 5:06 PM ET

WATCH: Activists Say Ugandans Aren't Truly Homophobic

Thom Senzee

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
September 21 2014 3:19 PM ET

Ugandan LGBT-rights Activist Granted Asylum

Thom Senzee

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
September 09 2014 2:34 PM ET

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

Thom Senzee

A month after Uganda repealed its draconian antigay law, Gambia passes an almost identical bill that would put gays behind bars for life in many cases.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
August 26 2014 2:52 PM ET

Were LGBT Ugandans Really Stoned to Death? 

Thom Senzee

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
August 19 2014 5:01 PM ET

WATCH: Step Into an Illegal Gay Wedding in Uganda

Thom Senzee

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?
August 14 2014 5:29 PM ET

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

Thom Senzee

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
August 13 2014 4:30 AM ET

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

Thom Senzee

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
August 11 2014 6:00 AM ET

Some Ugandans Are Gay, Get Over It

Thom Senzee

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
August 08 2014 2:30 PM ET

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

Trudy Ring

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

LGBT Ugandans: Pride Must Go On
August 06 2014 2:31 PM ET

LGBT Ugandans: Pride Must Go On

Sunnivie Brydum

Despite the criminalization of homosexuality in Uganda, LGBT activists are determined to celebrate their Pride Saturday.

BREAKING: Ugandan Court Throws Out 'Jail The Gays' Law
August 01 2014 11:02 AM ET August 01 2014 2:24 PM ET

Uganda: Activists Elated by Judge's Ruling on 'Jail The Gays' Law

Sunnivie Brydum

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

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