That was the tweet from Dr. Frank Mugisha today at the news that the Ugandan Parliament has passed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. The bill apparently:
- bans the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ with a maximum of 7 years imprisonment.
- punishes same-sex marriage with life imprisonment
It’s not clear what the final wording and provisions of the bill are, the original bill contained some wide-ranging powers to drive the LGBT community underground, both literally and figuratively, as well as have consequences for human rights defenders active in the LGBT field.
I cannot imagine what it must be like for LGBT people in Uganda at the moment. One thing is for certain, if Martin and I were living in Uganda instead of here, we would both be looking at life imprisonment.