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

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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.

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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. Crispy -- seriously, take your meds. You're among friends. Mostly....

    Posted by: Bob | Oct 19, 2010 3:28:58 PM


  2. There are very few places in the world that show reasonable tolerance for homosexuals:

    1) Western Europe, North America for the most part gay tolerant. South America somewhat,depends. Australia, New Zealand for the most part.

    2) Eastern Europe, Asia,Middle East [minus Israel which for the most part is gay tolerant and respects human rights], and of course Africa [S.A. has gay civil rights legislation, but the society [specifically non-white demographic) is very homophobic.

    In a nutshell, if you're gay, the best places for you to live are:

    North America [U.S. / Canada]
    Western Europe
    Australia / New Zealand
    Honorable mention: Israel


    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 19, 2010 3:47:40 PM


  3. Bob, seriously, your racism is showing. yet again Towleroad's comments doesn't disappoint with its racist bullshit. I sent in a heartwarming story about a Princess Boy who's family is combating bullying in their own special way and of course that gets nary a comment. Fucking typical.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Oct 19, 2010 3:49:17 PM


  4. @RATBASTARD

    Please don't flat out put Asia in your list of very homophobic regions as i.e. Japan, Thailand, even China, are rather tolerant.

    Posted by: FMB | Oct 19, 2010 5:06:58 PM


  5. and they wonder why they are called niggers

    Posted by: notpoliticallycorrect | Oct 19, 2010 6:26:18 PM


  6. Contact your congresspeople now - it should be an easy matter to offer these 100 men political asylum and get them out of that hell hole.

    Posted by: GregB | Oct 19, 2010 8:56:37 PM


  7. The US better not be spending one dime in that country

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Oct 19, 2010 8:58:17 PM


  8. "The US better not be spending one dime in that country."

    Unfortunately, evangelical American Christians (white, btw), including some of our "friends" in Congress, have spent many many dimes in that country, helping to stoke the flames of anti-gay hatred. There's a solid money and propaganda trail directly from the US haters to the African haters. The Ugandans calling for the deaths of gay people have been cozy in bed with and gathering ideas from American homophobes for years. The difference is they have more freedom to carry out those ideas than their American counterparts.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 19, 2010 9:17:03 PM


  9. @Bob: perhaps you should move out of Harlem if it's so awful.

    As for Uganda, it's a backward country, as are most on the planet. There are 6 PCs for every 1,000 people. Internet access is close to nonexistent. The education system sucks. These aren't excuses, they simply explain why it was so ripe for the U.S.-based C Street Group (look it up) to come in and tell all sorts of horrific lies about gays to the people's main source of information: their churches.

    The evil here was brought to a boil by Americans exploiting Africans. This is an upsetting issue for me, as I do a lot of work involving Africa and cannot stand Uganda at this point...but I also have to remind myself of the source of the hatred and misinformation.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 19, 2010 10:12:41 PM


  10. Paul R:

    Give it a rest. Not to many are buying into the whole guilt trip thing anymore.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 19, 2010 11:10:06 PM


  11. you dirty racists here who are scapegoating ugandans for this homophobia but ignore the history: do not forget that many african societies actually celebrated diverse sexualities (including homosexual and transexual sexualities) BEFORE the white man came and forced his poisonous christian, homophobic beliefs upon the population. white man's burden indeed.

    Posted by: hmmm | Oct 20, 2010 2:24:14 AM


  12. i understand what bob is saying. i also see it alot too. maybe he means why are black people so close minded towards gays when they out of anyone should know what its like to want to have that freedom and those equal rights!! when the whole prop 8 thing was happening i would get so upset seeing families of black people on the street holding signs saying yes on 8 it made me think dont they remember what they went threw didnt they hate not being able to have the some rights? so why are they not helping us out?? its really sad to see that but we will one day have are day just like they had there day too!!!

    Posted by: Daniel | Oct 20, 2010 3:34:26 AM


  13. @Ratbastard: and where exactly was I expressing guilt? I guess when I said I cannot stand Uganda? Or when I expressed my loathing of religion and conservative manipulators? I feel no guilt for the efforts of religious conservatives to screw over another country. I had nothing to do with it, and I still despise Uganda for buying into it.

    You really live up to your screen name, as cute as you think it might be.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 20, 2010 7:01:55 AM


  14. AGAIN religion is mostly responsible for the universal hatred towards homosexuals.
    I have said it before and I'm saying again that religion is a dangerous man-made ideal. The bible and scriptures from other religions are very cleverly elaborated fantasies, we are blinded so much by such "teachings" that we don't realize that religion itself is the real evil.
    AMEN

    Posted by: Dan | Oct 20, 2010 1:11:43 PM


  15. Globalizing the Culture Wars:
    US Conservatives, African Churches, and Homophobia
    http://www.publiceye.org/publications/globalizing-the-culture-wars/index.php

    A groundbreaking investigation by Political Research Associates (PRA) discovered that sexual minorities in Africa have become collateral damage to our domestic conflicts and culture wars. U.S. conservative evangelicals and those opposing gay pastors and bishops within mainline Protestant denominations woo Africans in their American fight.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 20, 2010 7:32:06 PM


  16. Hi. Being a black gay Ugandan leaving in Kampala, Uganda its good to know people out there care. Please continue the support.

    Ignorance about sexual-orientation overwhelms this country to the core. This is partly due to absence of literature on sex(considered a taboo to talk or write about) in general and also due to the control culture and religion has on the nationals. Remember that your quoted figures of Christians is only estimates and norminal,not practicing. It is just a label if not a mask they wear to be know by here. In fact its easier to just have sex than talk about it.

    Gay people existed before the white man in Uganda but escapism and religion does not want us Ugandans to accept it even when it is well known in different tribes here.However that information is supposed to be strictly confidential but passed on over the years by the older generation.

    So bigotry in itself is a disease to be cured in Uganda if we are to take the first step in the right direction.

    Posted by: Luka | Oct 21, 2010 5:00:55 AM


  17. Hey, Folks!!! The BIBLE is the source of ALL BIGOTRY. That Bigotry is preached weekly by Priests, Ministers, and Rabbis. The only reason any religion exists is because their stupid followers believe the inhuman garbage that spews from the mouths of their "Leaders" every week; and the stupid followers pay with their weekly collection plate contributions to support these preachers so they do not have to work for a living like they, the followers, have to do.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Oct 26, 2010 6:13:55 PM


  18. I have been a fan of Towler Road for more than a few years now. I have even bought 2 of the black shirts with the orange "Towler Road" letters on the chest. But now I read more of my news via Facebook feeds versus Towler Road emails because of the social media Ions that appear to the left of the page which cover several leftmost columns of text. At the speed I read it is far too difficult to scroll the article up and down to get it into the narrow bands above and below the social media icon links.
    So sad that the web people would do this as it is otherwise a VERY good news source. So no I read the news later via other channels.

    Sad in Dallas, TX

    Posted by: BikerPup | Dec 30, 2013 7:34:57 PM


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