Activist Outed on Cover of Ugandan Tabloid is Beaten to Death

Uganda

David Kato, a Human Rights Activist, who according to Human Rights Watch "had dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexual, and transgender persons (LGBT) in Uganda" was beaten to death in his home yesterday.

Human Rights Watch explains: Kato

Witnesses told police that a man entered Kato's home in Mukono at around 1 p.m. on January 26, 2011, hit him twice in the head and departed in a vehicle. Kato died on his way to Kawolo hospital. Police told Kato's lawyer that they had the registration number of the vehicle and were looking for it.

Kato was the advocacy officer for the organization Sexual Minorities Uganda. He had been a leading voice in the fight against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which has been before Uganda's parliament since October 15, 2009.

You may recall that back in October, the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone published a list of '100 Top Homos' with the directions to "hang them" written on the cover.

Kato's face appeared on the cover, and inside, and was named by the tabloid.

Said Maria Burnett, senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch: "David Kato's death is a tragic loss to the human rights community. David had faced the increased threats to Ugandan LGBT people bravely and will be sorely missed."

In related news, in yesterday's round-up I posted the story of Brenda Namigadde, a lesbian Ugandan in the UK who is being threatened with deportation despite the hideous situation in Uganda. David Bahati, the author of the "kill the gays" bill, has taken an interest in her 'redemption'. Please sign a petition for her safety here.


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ChristWire’s Creators Outed (As Hilarious Writers Mocking Right-Wing Vitriol)

ChrstWire, created in 2008 by SoCal's Bryan Butvidas (pictured) and Kansas' Kirwin Watson (who both have day jobs), is a right-wing faith-based The Onion for the religious set. So slick is their outlandishness, even this website was fooled by what is, in hindsight, blatant sarcasm. Headlines like "Gays Now Using Santa to Entice Man Boy Love Relations" are exactly the sort of thing a Focus On The Family press release would sound like, ey? Written anonymously, the creators are revealing themselves for the first time in the New York Times. Supposedly they're not trying to punk believers in the lord Jesus Christ, but stupid people who believe everything they hear on the news. Didn't a Washington Post reporter just try that?


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Ambinder says he would have outed Mehlman earlier, if he had the proof

Very interesting. You don’t normally fid this attitude in the media.

Marc Ambinder, the political junkie who writes for the Atlantic, says he suspected, like lots of insiders, that Ken Mehlman was gay.

In fact, years before the former Republican Party chairman acknowledged his sexuality to Ambinder in an interview published Wednesday, the reporter tried to find out. And, says Ambinder, he would have outed Mehlman if he had evidence.

“I would have reported it because he was in power at a time when the Republican Party was whipping up anti-gay sentiment to get votes,” Ambinder says in an interview. “I’m very squeamish about outing anyone. That squeamishness certainly would have gone into the equation. But there would have been a clear and compelling reason. Even though outing would have encroached on his personal dignity, which would have made me uncomfortable, it would have been the right thing to do to hold someone in power accountable.”




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