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Why Would Uganda Kill the Gays?

From a friend’s blog!


Uganda_Anti-Homosexuality_Bill_protestAn infamous piece of legislation still looms in Uganda – the “Kill the Gays” bill, which would punish homosexuality with the death penalty.

Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda, but that law is rarely if ever enforced. Ugandan public sentiment on sexuality ranges across all corners of the spectrum. So if there’s already a law in place, and if the people don’t agree even on whether or not it’s wrong to be gay, why would Uganda even consider this bill?

Last week I had the honor of interviewing Beau Hopkins, the playwright of The River and the Mountain, which is the first Ugandan play to deal with homosexuality. Hopkins brought the show here to the DC/Baltimore area for a series of staged readings.

The play was controversial in Uganda. It was the first time a main character said “I’m gay” on a Ugandan stage; and for that reason…

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