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Ugandan Tabloid Outs 100 'Top Homos', Calls for Their Hanging


The Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone this week published the names and addresses of 100 "top homos" and called for them to be hanged, in a front page story, the AP reports:

"In the days since it was published, at least four gay Ugandans on the list have been attacked and many others are in hiding, according to rights activist Julian Onziema. One person named in the story had stones thrown at his house by neighbors.


The Oct. 9 article in a Ugandan newspaper called Rolling Stone - not the American magazine - came out five days before the one-year anniversary of the controversial ("kill the gays") legislation. The article claimed that an unknown but deadly disease was attacking homosexuals in Uganda, and said that gays were recruiting 1 million children by raiding schools, a common smear used in Uganda.

After the newspaper hit the streets, the government Media Council ordered the newspaper to cease publishing - not because of the newspaper's content, but rather that the newspaper had not registered with the government. After it completes the paperwork, Rolling Stone will be free to publish again, said Paul Mukasa, secretary of the Media Council.

That decision has angered the gay community further. Onziema said a lawsuit against Rolling Stone is in the works, and that she believes the publication has submitted its registration and plans to publish again.

According to the AP, the tabloid is relatively new and only publishes about 2,000 copies, but that hasn't stopped it form causing havoc since the article's publication:

The paper's managing editor, Giles Muhame, said the article was "in the public interest."

"We felt there was need for society to know that such characters exist amongst them. Some of them recruit young children into homosexuality, which is bad and need to be exposed," he said. "They take advantage of poverty to recruit Ugandans. In brief we did so because homosexuality is illegal, unacceptable and insults our traditional lifestyle.'

Members of the gay community named in the article faced harassment from friends and neighbors. Onziema said the proposed bill already has led to evictions from apartments, intimidation on the street, unlawful arrests and physical assault.

The "kill the gays" bill introduced by MP David Bahati is said to have been "quietly shelved" but the animus toward gays, it appears, is still very active.

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  1. A sick country with a sick people.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Oct 19, 2010 12:34:25 PM

  2. I am not one for violence, but if anyone deserves to be hung, it is the publishers of that Rolling Stone paper, the people who lead that government, and the Christian Taliban who fomented this hate. Primitive, ignorant, bigoted, backward, superstitios--all of them!

    Posted by: candideinnc | Oct 19, 2010 12:36:06 PM

  3. If you ever needed an excuse to NOT donate money to Africa.

    Posted by: tyn | Oct 19, 2010 12:41:44 PM

  4. HIV, Ebola, and now this. Africa is the continent that keeps on giving.

    Posted by: Christopher | Oct 19, 2010 12:43:48 PM


    Jesus Christ bless our American missionaries and politicians especially the C Street coven who through tax free donations and offerings have brought us closer to your mission.

    Posted by: mcNnyc | Oct 19, 2010 12:49:54 PM

  6. Uganda needs a reset button.

    Posted by: Dusty | Oct 19, 2010 12:58:56 PM

  7. This is not intended as a racist question -- simply an honest one. Why does anti-gay hatred so often have a black face?

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 19, 2010 1:08:57 PM

  8. That's like asking why are all redneck hicks named Bob?

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 19, 2010 1:19:54 PM

  9. And, as Jeff Sharlet has uncovered in his excellent Uganda reporting for Harper's and in his C Street book, the crazy anti-gay forces in Uganda got plenty of encouragement from the anti-gay "Christian" forces in the US, many of them in our Congress. The American cheerleaders only backed away from the anti-gay movement that led to the "kill the gays" bill when the results of their bigotry started getting attention in the States. There are many people--in Africa and in the US--with blood on their hands.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 19, 2010 1:24:00 PM

  10. @BOB, I'm black and I see this frequently, I have no idea. I was actually robbed by a black boy "for sucking cock".

    Honestly, poverty and ignorance go hand in hand and at the risk of sounding self-racist, a lot of black people are in poverty [and Africa as it happens to be].

    Posted by: Ty | Oct 19, 2010 1:26:30 PM

  11. @Bob It doesn't. African culture and religion are staunchly homophobic. So is the American South. Many parts of Asia. The middle east. It's not a race issue.

    Posted by: Stephen B | Oct 19, 2010 1:27:13 PM

  12. Don't forget much of Eastern Europe, Stephen B.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Oct 19, 2010 1:30:52 PM

  13. Not to make light of this --- because its disgusting on so many levels --- but what exactly was the criteria for being a Top Homo. And I think the double entendre was missed by the paper!

    Posted by: Bob2 | Oct 19, 2010 1:37:52 PM

  14. This might be us if the Tea party takes over

    Posted by: John Normile | Oct 19, 2010 1:43:59 PM

  15. @Crispy -- obviously a serious question is beyond you....

    @Ty -- thanks for the honest answer. My husband and I live in Harlem and, including a stay in Burma, we've never been in a more homophobic place in our lives.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 19, 2010 1:46:59 PM

  16. @Bob: It's not a matter of face colour! If you want to apply the colour black to a body part, then - metaphorically- you have to apply it to the hearts of those people who, in the name of Christianity, have decided, that it is OK to destroy the life and lives of other people.

    Christian (and other) fundamentalists in the USA and elsewhere are ruthlessly intoxicating the social tissue in a lot of nations which eventually are changing to become gangrenations.

    Posted by: Roman Bolliger | Oct 19, 2010 1:55:33 PM

  17. I was completely serious, Bob. I know several Bobs who aren't redneck hicks. And there are puh-lenty of redneck hicks named Fred, Cleetus, and Jebediah... just as I know several blacks who aren't anti-gay, and there are puh-lenty of anti-gay people who aren't black.

    But I wouldn't expect someone posting obvious race-baiting to understand a clear metaphor.

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 19, 2010 1:57:08 PM

  18. I see some Towleroaders haven't evolved since Jim Crow!

    @ tyn, like you need an excuse for the crap you spew about Africans...

    @ Bob... So the hundreds of articles on this site and others about South Asia, East Europe, latin America and yes Africa and the west Indies, this is a representation of "homophobia in black face"?

    @ Stephen B

    Religion has a lot to do with it. Africa is a continent in case you were wondering(sarcasm), therefore their cultures vary in all senses of the term...

    Hey Andy, I haven't seen one report about how Rwanda is doing in terms of gay rights. Do some digging you may surprise yourself and some of your readers too...

    Posted by: Shabaka | Oct 19, 2010 2:08:42 PM

  19. We should publish a report here: "The World's Top 100 Shitholes" -- Uganda ranks high.

    Posted by: Tom | Oct 19, 2010 2:12:12 PM

  20. Why is it when Serbian nationalist hooligans rioted at that Italy-Serbia soccer match, no one screamed how homophobic ALL White people, or Europeans are...? In fact, someone commented how "hot" the tattooed Serb leader was...

    No one screamed how homophobic ALL White people are when Ben Carver was attacked in the Stonewall Inn. Or when those two Marines attacked a gay man in Savannah. Or when our rights are violated by the police in Atlanta or Dallas or Palm Springs?

    Nope, but when it's about a Black or African nation, suddenly ALL Blacks and ALL of Africa are called homophobic too easily by White gays. Do you not see (or care) how racist this insult is?

    The racism falls so quickly out of some mouths, without even remembering that A.) White Christian conservatives (Catholics and evangelicals) are responsible for pushing homophobic and sexist agendas on developing nations, and B.) you further alienate your minority LGBT allies.

    How can you expect people of color to identify and align with your struggle for equality, when you don't bother to address your own racist attitudes in the first place?

    Some of you sound just like the White hetero male establishment -- ignorant and arrogant -- that treats minorities like second-class citizens. That's a big reason why a lot of Black people don't identify with gays... To them, you're White men, in your own ignorant White bubble, not giving a fuck about anyone else unless they're hot or hung. As an out Black gay man, I see it all the time: The racism within the gay community astounds me.

    Posted by: JTlvr | Oct 19, 2010 2:33:59 PM

  21. I think we can rise above petty racism. There *are* LGBT rights groups in Africa, and in South Africa (unlike in much of the US) same sex marriage is legal. It's important to remember that the entire continent has been royally screwed by corrupt imperialist regimes (many anti-gay laws were instituted by colonist governments) over decades. Uganda, if you look into its' history like I did briefly whilst writing this post, has really been subject to an awful lot of crap. It doesn't help that missionaries were amongst the first European people there. The attitude of this organisation and the Ugandans who support it is inexcusable, but it didn't come from no-where, and it certainly didn't come from race. Ever heard of the Lord's resistance Army? You try being a paragon of ethical integrity when they're mutilating people and sexually enslaving women children on your doorstep. You can't fight bigotry with bigotry, and even the cleanest things get dirty when they're being crapped on. Education is the key, and the only thing that will change the situation in countries rife with bigotry.

    By the way, Uganda is 84% Christian.

    Posted by: BenB | Oct 19, 2010 3:07:24 PM

  22. Crispy -- Do you actually read this site? (It doesn’t matter if you move your lips when you do.) Look at the recent depravity in the Bronx. Look at the homophobia of in black American churches. Look a Jamaica and Uganda. Or maybe you should just take the cucumber out of your ass and stick your head back there.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 19, 2010 3:11:09 PM

  23. Don't you have a Klan meeting to attend, you filthy bigot?

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 19, 2010 3:15:12 PM

  24. Crispy -- I think the cucumber is pressing on your brain.

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 19, 2010 3:22:13 PM

  25. Stop flirting with me! I already told I'm not into scat or dwarfs.

    Posted by: crispy | Oct 19, 2010 3:26:03 PM

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