On 16 June the Glasgow Human Rights Network, in partnership with the Gender and Sexualities Forum, is hosting a special event for Dr. Frank Mugisha (Executive Director, Sexual Minorities Uganda) to speak on ‘The Present Situation for LGBTI People in Uganda’.
The event takes place on Tuesday 16 June at 5.00pm – 7.00pm in Yudowitz seminar room 1, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow.
The presentation will be followed by conversation with Dr. Matthew Waites, Q&A and discussion. The event will conclude with a wine reception. If you would like to attend, please register on the Eventbrite site. Please follow #LGBTIUgandaGlasgow for live tweets from the event.
Please see the Glasgow Human Rights Network website for more information.
Background and reading:
‘Unnatural offences’ concerning ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’ have been prohibited by legal statutes in Uganda since their creation by the British Empire in 1902. In 2009 the ‘Anti-Homosexuality Bill’ was introduced into the Uganda parliament, initially proposing the death penalty for ‘aggravated homosexuality’ and known as the ‘Kill the Gays’ bill. A later revised version removed the death penalty. On 24 February 2014, after the bill’s passage through parliament, President Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act into law. However on 1 August 2014 the Constitutional Court in Uganda ruled the Act invalid due to parliament not being quorate when passed. A further bill called The Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill was drafted in 2014.
A history of the Uganda LGBTI movement’s struggle and legal issues is provided by Adrian Jjuuko ‘The incremental approach: Uganda’s struggle for the decriminalisation of homosexuality’, Chapter 14 in Corinne Lennox and Matthew Waites eds. (2013) Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change (London: School of Advanced Study). Free online.