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Ugandan Gay Activist Found Murdered; Beaten To Death By A Hammer

Submitted by on January 28, 2011 – 4:19 pm5 Comments

Sometimes I am completely blown away with the amount of hate we have towards one another. And then there are times like this when I cannot put into words how I feel.

Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone (not to be confused with the music magazine of the same name) released an edition of their publication last October that featured a list of Uganda’s 100 “top” homosexuals with a yellow banner saying to “hang them” written across the top. In less than a month, at least four of the men featured in the magazine were attacked. Others have been either threatened with violence or had to deal with some real vile behavior. The Ugandan government didn’t do a thing to help. It initially told the publication to cease operations, but that was only because the paper had not registered with the government. What do you expect from a country where homosexual acts are illegal and can get you up to 14 years in jail.

Amazing right?

And now, Uganda’s David Kato—a gay rights activist who sued the newspaper, was found dead in his home, the victim of an apparent attack, beaten to death with a hammer. It wasn’t immediately known if his murder was in direct connection with him being featured in Rolling Stone, but I think it’s safe to bet it has everything to do with the article and Uganda treating homosexuals like are criminals. BBC News has more details:

Witnesses have told the BBC that a man entered Mr. Kato’s home near Kampala and beat him to death before leaving.

His Sexual Minorities Uganda (Smug) group said Mr. Kato had been receiving death threats since his name, photograph and address were published by Rolling Stone last year.

Frank Mugisha, the group’s executive director, told the BBC’s Network Africa programme he was “devastated” on hearing the news from New York.

“He was killed by someone who came in his house with a hammer, meaning anyone else could be the next target.”

Mr Mugisha said Mr Kato had recently been concerned about the threats he had received.

Although Barack Obama is “deeply saddened” by what has transpired, we all know nothing will be done about this. It’s a heinous crime someone should be punished for, but if the Ugandan government is turning a blind eye to these types of actions, what are we to do?

It’s sickening and sad to know things like this happen all over the world. Each and every one of their stories must be told. Maybe then we can bring some more attention to the discrimination at hand.

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