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Ugandan Gay Rights Activist More Vulnerable Than Ever 

Ugandan Gay Rights Activist More Vulnerable Than Ever 


Ugandan gay rights activist Frank Mugisha says he's no stranger to receiving threats. But he tells Amnesty International things have only gotten worse since a Ugandan tabloid in October published his personal information and called for him and others to be hanged.

The chair of Sexual Minorities Uganda, Mugisha managed to get Rolling Stone newspaper shut down this month after the names were published, first on October 2 with the headline "100 Pictures of Uganda's Top Homos Leak," then again on October 31.

In total, the paper called for the hanging of 117 people alleged to be gay.

"When I read the headline that said 'hang them' and then the fact they said we are out to recruit children, I was worried about the Ugandan community reading that kind of information and how they would react to it. Two days after the paper was on the streets I was harassed in my area, with verbal insults. Almost every person who was named in the paper has been harassed, and some have been attacked.

"I do feel threatened, I feel now I have to watch my back more than ever."

Read the full report here.

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