Demand Uganda End its Violent Hate Campaign Against the LGBTI Community

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Join CCR and more than 35 other human rights organizations to demand that Uganda end its violent hate campaign against the LGBTI community in Uganda and elsewhere. Please visit SMUG’s website to take action and support the movement for equality and justice for David Kato and all Ugandans.

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On January 26, David Kato, one of Uganda’s most outspoken LGBTI rights activists, was brutally beaten to death in his home in Kampala.  David served as Advocacy Director for Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG), a coalition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) human rights organizations. If you are in New York City, please join CCR tomorrow February 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm to remember and honor David Kato at a candlelight vigil organized by the International Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Commission. The vigil will take place at Dag Hammarskjod Public Plaza on 47th Street and Second Avenue, followed by a procession to Uganda House, the Ugandan mission to the U.N., at 336 East 45th Street.

The violent homophobia that permeates the political and religious discourse in Uganda, stoked by the direct influence and involvement of U.S. right-wing evangelicals, has made the tragic deaths of David Kato and others possible. David was beaten to death after the publication of his and other community members’ photos in Rolling Stone, a Ugandan newspaper that has been a powerful weapon in the Ugandan government’s attempts to criminalize, intimidate and persecute the LGTBI community. Underneath David’s picture read the caption “Hang Them.”

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