Scroll To Top
World

Ugandan lesbian
seeking asylum told "lesbians are not homosexuals"

Ugandan lesbian
seeking asylum told "lesbians are not homosexuals"

A British judge has stated that only gay men are persecuted in Uganda and is denying asylum to Elizabeth Muhwezi.

" >

An asylum-seeking Ugandan lesbian now in the United Kingdom is being told by a U.K. judge that she will be sent back to Africa because "lesbians are not homosexuals" and that only gay males in Uganda face persecution.

Elizabeth Muhwezi could face deportation to Uganda as soon as Sunday. Muhwezi was set to be deported last week; however, human rights organizations temporarily prevented it. The judge also questioned Muhwezi's lesbian identity because she is a mother.

While living in Uganda, Muhwezi was kidnapped from her home shortly after visiting an underground gay club, according to the British gay rights organization OutRage! She was held for five months at a "safe house," where she was raped and beaten. Uganda is one of the most homophobic nations in the world, according to OutRage!

"I am desperate," Muhwezi said in a statement. "I fled to the U.K. hoping for protection. Now I am in a prison fearful that any moment I will be sent back to Uganda. I am terrified of what will happen to me."

"Elizabeth Must Stay," a campaign fighting Muhwezi's deportation, is rallying U.K. supporters to keep her in the United Kingdom. (The Advocate)

" data-page-title="

Ugandan lesbian
seeking asylum told "lesbians are not homosexuals"

" >
30 Years of Out100Out / Advocate Magazine - Jonathan Groff & Wayne Brady

From our Sponsors

Most Popular

Latest Stories

Outtraveler Staff