Simon Lokodo: Reread the Ugandan Constitution, Pride is not illegal

Yesterday the opening night of Uganda Pride 2017 was cancelled after the Ugandan Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo, deployed Uganda Police at the event venue, threatened to arrest those expected to attend and “physically harm” a prominent LGBT activist. Needless to say, many in the Ugandan LGBT community were disappointed, angry, and frightened. As Grace … Continue reading Simon Lokodo: Reread the Ugandan Constitution, Pride is not illegal

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“The heterosexuals are making us into a business”

From my fieldnotes (Kampala, 2015). We are sitting in our usual spot. Except today the group is larger. ███ comes about five minutes after I get there. Still wearing what he was wearing to work today. He sat down ordered a beer and started talking about corruption in Uganda — and how the LGBT community … Continue reading “The heterosexuals are making us into a business”

“A lot of things happened in prison”

We were still sleeping — it was approaching 6:30am. The landlord said ‘you people get ready for what’s coming.’ we heard people screaming outside. We opened the door and the chairmen, journalists, police, and people from around were there. They said ‘get out!’ ‘remove all your things!’ ‘We wont tolerate gay people in our area.’

My first night at a sometimes kuchu bar

But before I left the compound I told ██████ that I was going out for observations. She reacted with “I know that place. It's for the homosexuals. They go boy-boy and girl-girl.” She also (jokingly) suggested I go “boy-boy” to fit in.

U.S. recruiting Africa’s doctors for placements no one wants

The United States is recruiting the world’s doctors — and from the very places that need MDs the most. Dubbed the “international brain drain,” the United States leads the way in attracting international doctors, especially those from Africa. The United States, with its high salaries, attracts more international doctors every year than Britain, Canada and Australia combined. … Continue reading U.S. recruiting Africa’s doctors for placements no one wants