Uganda: Being gay in Uganda

Being gay in Uganda is like banging your head against the wall: “Can you imagine how hard it is realizing that you are gay, growing up and realizing that your sexual orientation is different in such a society, where ‘officially’ sex is a taboo subject, demonized. And on television and radios, and in school and rallies that is what you hear? Knowing that you are gay, yet the very ‘thought’ of sex is being condemned as evil? That is, sexual thoughts are sinful thoughts, the very expression is more evil.”

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  • Ruth Gumikiriza

    I grew up in Uganda and until I came to Britain I thought that homosexuality was just a game some girls or boys played (experimentation)because they saw films from the west with such activities. Unfortunately, there was no gay person in my life to make me question my beliefs. Ofcourse I now Know better, looking back there were alot of gay people I knew but i thought they were just different. Religiosity which is now like a wild fire in Uganda does not help either and the embarrassment that come with it is also a hinderence. Having lived in the west I now know the truth. People in Africa are ignorant and they need teaching slowly and with patience. Ofcourse there has always been homosexuality in Uganda but the whiteman stamped it out- or so we think.

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