Ugandan Health Minister: Gays Will Still Get Care Despite Harsh Anti-Gay Law

On Wednesday, Uganda’s health minister, Ruhakana Rugunda, told reporters that gays will continue to be eligible for medical services despite the country’s recent passage of a law imposing harsh sentences against gays and those who fail to report them. The AP reports:

RugundaRugunda said that a clause which would have required medical workers to report homosexuals to police was removed from the bill that became law on Monday.

"We are saying that as far as health is concerned, they are at liberty," he said, talking about gays. "They should give full disclosure to their nurses … We do not discriminate against patients on the basis of sexual orientation. That's why we are encouraging gay Ugandans to take advantage of the health systems."

Pepe Julian Onziema, a prominent gay activist in Uganda, said that extreme prejudice against gays who seek health care will continue to be a problem despite Ruganda’s assurances. 

"I once went to a clinic where I stayed in the queue (line) for hours and people who came after me were being served," he said. "You stand in the queue and they ignore you. And you hear them saying, 'That is a gay person. We can't serve him. We shall not serve him.'"

On Tuesday, the country's Red Pepper tabloid published a list of "Uganda's 200 Top Homos" 


  1. SpaceCadet says

    Yeah, they’ll get health care and then be murdered by a rabid mob as they leave the building. Laws like these only embolden the anti-gay thugs who need the distraction from their miserable lives.

  2. UFFDA says

    Enlightened World: abandon Uganda.

    If indeed there are health and (dare I say) welfare care for gay people give it, and for your efforts the Enlightened World will send your ministers of both religion and government to an educational campus where you can learn that being gay is inborn and for most irrevocable. You will graduate from this campus upon signing a revocation of your new and viscious constitutional prohibitions against gay people.

  3. northalabama says

    those words are so reassuring, glad he cleared things up (rolling eyes).

    norway, denmark, and the netherlands have taken action to withdraw or modify financial assistance. france and other european countries are busy making decisions on their responses. now it’s the turn of the obama administration to act – if there are no consequences for uganda, what country will pass the next “jail the gays for life” bill?

  4. JackFknTwist says

    Let’s be perfectly clear :

    All aid must be stopped. Now.

    The Inquisition always started in any given town with the exhortation, ‘come and confess to us and you will not be punished’. Betray your neighbours now and you will be received back into the Church.

    This is the Ugandan Inquisition.

  5. Sean says

    But under the Nazi like law the nurse or doctor is required to turn them over to the gestapo or go to prison for 7years.

    Do not, I repeat DO NOT fall for this. You will be arrested.

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