We have learned that Ugandan LGBT advocate David Kato Kisulle was murdered today at his home in Kampala. Frank Mugisha of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) has confirmed that the David’s body was identified at a hospital.
Update: I have also confirmed this with SMUG’s Pepe Julian Onziema, who identified David’s body in the hospital morgue. Police are investigating. We really don’t know anything more at this point.
The details surrounding his murder are unknown at this time. He was reportedly beaten in the skull with a hammer at his home. We do not yet know whether it was a single assailant or a group of people, nor do we know any other circumstances surrounding his death.
David Kato was a spokesperson for Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and one of the plaintiffs (or applicants) in the successful lawsuit seeking a permanent injunction against the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone (no relation to the U.S. publication of the same name). Kato was one of three applicants who had been named by the tabloid under a headline tagged “Hang Them!”
The mutilated body of a well-known gay journalist from Portugal was
found in an Times Square hotel room Friday night, allegedly killed by
his younger lover during a fight about money. Advocate.com: Daily News
South Florida Gay News reports that a gay couple was found murdered in their Wilton Manors home this weekend.
The two men whose bodies were found inside their rented home at 2513 NE 8th Avenue in Wilton Manors were domestic partners Kevin Mark Powell, 47, and Steve Adams, 52, former residents of Hollywood, Florida. Their bodies were discovered by the sister of one of the victims, who had called police when her brother had not arrived to her home for the holidays. Kevin Powell had been very ill with Diabetes and she was doing a wellness check. Powell, whose hobby was arts and crafts, had once been featured on the Home and Garden channel after creating a home for his dogs within his home, including pet sized lighting and furniture.
Wilton Manors police are seeking the couple’s missing car. JMG readers who may have information about the couple should call detectives at 954-390-2150.
Shrien Dewani, the British Indian man suspected of ordering a hit on his Swedish Indian wife Anni while on their honeymoon in South Africa, has shot down rumors (through his publicist) that he's gay, which might explain why he wanted his wife out of the way. But now a German escort has come forward, claiming Shrien paid him for sex.
Ronni Chasen, a publicist known for her work on films including Driving Miss Daisy
and for helping to launch the gay television network here!, was found
dead of five gunshot wounds Tuesday in her car in Beverly Hills. She was
64. Advocate.com: Daily News
And this is how you basically confirm murdered British spy Gareth Williams was all of these things: "Scotland Yard also denied a series of sexual allegations made against Williams by the security services sources who claimed that he was gay, a transvestite, possessed bondage paraphernalia and was linked to male escorts. … There was no evidence of contact with male escorts, and no S&M gear was found in his apartment. Claims that Williams was stabbed and dismembered were also untrue, they said."
Pat and Wally Kutteles, whose son, Pfc. Barry Winchell, was beaten to
death in 1999 by two fellow service members after a rumor was started
that he was gay, urged for the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell” in a Tuesday CNN op-ed. Daily News