BBC 3 came up trumps again this week with a documentary entitled "The Worst Place in the World to be Gay". Radio DJ Scott Mills heads over to Uganda to investigate media allegations that Homosexuality is totally unacceptable in Uganda.
Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda as well as another 17 African countries. The Anti Homosexuality Act of 2009 states that any form of sexual relations between persons of the same sex is illegal. The punishment for having gay sex is to be sent to prison for life, if you have gay sex more than once you can be executed. Sadly they are taking this stuff pretty seriously.
Various people were interviewed and they all felt the same. Comments like gays should be killed, hung, murdered, beaten were common place in conversations surrounding gay people in Uganda. Anyone who comes out openly as being gay is disowned by their family and alienated by the local population. The Rolling Stone newspaper prints names of people who are gay to create awareness to the authorities. There is a strong belief that it is because of the Bible that they hate homosexuals with such a vengeance. I rather think it is more to do with the fact that AIDS originated in Africa but no one seemed to bring that up.
The ignorance of homophobes globally has been something I personally have never been able to come to terms with, the attitudes in Uganda are beyond comprehension, sickening infact. How people can hate someone because of their sexual orientation is beyond my way of thinking.
Sadly in January of this year, David Keto, a well known gay rights activist was beaten to death with a hammer, Police however were quick to report it as a robbery and not related to his sexuality, I believe it was due to his sexuality. (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/world/africa/28uganda.html)
I am not a particularly religious person but for research reasons I did look up homosexuality in the Bible and the Koran, but I have no desire to publish either view on here. I did however find this statement, I have removed the name of the author, but it just shows quite clearly how ignorant some people really are.
"Homosexuality is a moral disorder. It is a moral disease, a sin and corruption... No person is born homosexual, just like no one is born a thief, a liar or murderer. People acquire these evil habits due to a lack of proper guidance and education."
All I have to say on the matter is that religion has alot to answer for; and that I hope and pray that no women in Uganda have the misfortune to produce a gay child .....