This is what genocide against LGBTQ+ people looks like

I guess blacks need someone to lynch just to make themselves feel better. I really shouldn’t have to explain to the likes of them that lynching people is bad, but whatever.

Uganda has announced plans to impose the death penalty on gay people in a move by the government that has stunned LGBT+ and human rights activists.

The bill – colloquially called ‘Kill the Gays’ in the country – was thwarted on a technicality five years ago.

But ethics and integrity minster Simon Lokodo told Reuters that the government is thawing the bill to curb the rise of “unnatural sex” and could become a reality for the east African country in just a couple months.

Uganda’s current president, Yoweri Museveni, first signed the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill in February 2014.

What would the bill mean for GBT+ Ugandans?

Not only does the revamped bill mandate the death penalty for gay people, but it would also criminalise anyone involved in its “promotion and recruitment”.

This would severely intensify the current penal code which enforces life imprisonment for gay sex.

“We want it made clear that anyone who is even involved in promotion and recruitment has to be criminalised. Those that do grave acts will be given the death sentence.”

Moreover, the move comes just days after the Museveni administration’s security minister called LGBT+ “terrorists” and a gay activist died after his skull was pierced with machetes in a homophobic attack in his home.

Advocates on the ground and human rights groups expressed an array of emotions, both fear of what the bill’s enforcement could inflict on the community as well as a lack of surprise at the news itself.

Edwin Sesange of the African Equality Foundation told PinkNews: “The re-introduction of the infamous anti-gay bill in Uganda is nothing other than an illusive emotional political strategy to play both the Ugandan public and the western world.

“However, the strategy is destined to fail because the public is moving away from the politics of deception.”

“The current Uganda government is so desperate to reduce the growing popularity of [opposition candidate] Bobi Wine and build resentment plus scepticism among both the Uganda public and the western world.

“The government through the defence minister have already declared that Bobi Wine is supported by western gay people, however that strategy was futile.”

To the advocate, the bill is a “campaigning strategy for the forthcoming general elections in 2021” where ministers will force Wine to “take a stand on the bill, hoping to create a backlash for the opposition.”

He added: “Fortunately, both the Ugandan public and the western world are much aware of these political games by the régime and they are not willing to become victims of this propaganda anti-gay bill,” he said.
The Human Rights Defenders also slammed the move, advising that LGBT+ Ugandans “be extra careful from here onwards.

“Be each other’s eye. We are suffering just because of our sexuality, but one day, we shall overcome.”

This is a surreal scene considering that queer relations were once commonplace and accepted in pre-colonial Uganda.’