UGANDA

LGBTQ NATION KATP MEMORY

He returned to Uganda in 1998 and decided to come out in public through a press conference; he was arrested and held in police custody for a week. He continued to maintain contact with pro-LGBT activists outside Uganda, and served as one of the catalysts for the movement of LGBTI pride that developed in Uganda.

Kato was among the 100 people whose names and photographs were published in October 2010 by Giles Muhame in the Ugandan tabloid newspaper Rolling Stone in an article which not only outed him and the others, but also alluded to their execution through an the caption “HANG THEM,” which appeared next to a picture of a noose.

Together with others outed LGBTI Ugandans such as Kasha Jaqueline Nabagesera and Pepe Julian Onziema (SMUG), Kato successfully sued the newspaper to force it to stop publishing the names and pictures of people it believed to be gay or lesbian.

The court ordered the newspaper to pay Kato and the other two plaintiffs $600 USD.

David Kato’s story as an activist is elucidated in the must watch documentary film, “Call Me Kuchu,” and if you never had the opportunity to know or meet David, after watching the film, you will feel as if he is your brother too.

The film received acclaim around the world and played to an historic 6 minute standing ovation in the Castro, San Francisco. In the midst of making the film, David Kato was murdered, sending friends, his dear family and dedicated comrades around the world into deep shock and grief.

Kato had spoken of an increase in threats and harassment since the court victory against Muhame, and it is clear that his sexual orientation and his activism were the motive for his murder. Kato’s murderer was caught and tried and is now serving a 30 year prison sentence.

Even though the local Ugandan media and prosecution tried to spin the motive as if to seem David had made advances on his attacker, there is plenty of evidence to the contrary and it is highly likely that the murderer was set up to commit what was indeed an assassination of a great leader, who barely had time to realize his full potential.

Kato advocated for the freedom of LGBTI Ugandans and for their right to their natural born sexual orientation in a heightened climate of hostility and homophobia, occasioned by extreme misunderstanding through the violent and harsh delivery of hyperbole and rhetoric, on Ugandan soil, by extremist American Christian Evangelicals, such as Scott Lively and Lou Engle, exporting hate in the name of their version of Christianity.

Today on this second anniversary of the death of David Kato, his friends, comrades, human rights defenders, and LGBTI people around the world are expressing their love, comforting each other and extolling the virtues of this great hero, with comments, memories and prayer for the peace of his dearly departed soul.

“Today we remember a fallen comrade who did everything in his power to stand for the truth. As we mourn his passing we also celebrate a true human rights defender, strong at heart and a great example to many young LGBTI persons. He used to say “Until it knocks on your door”; now that his passing knocked on our doors,we know that this fight is more than ever not going to be easy, but it keeps us going strong knowing that many are willing to die for it.”

And this from another heroic comrade and beloved friend of David, Viktor Mukasa:

“David was a glue for activists for effective activism. He acknowledged the role of every individual in the struggle, which is a rare thing in our struggles today. He went to great lengths to save his community. He cared about people so much that he used his personal resources to save others. He is irreplaceable.”

Frank Mugishu of SMUG noted in a statement remembering David Kato:

“Today we remember a chilling day for all LGBTI people in Uganda and around the world. The evening that followed was one of fear, apprehension, utter disbelief, horror, and uncertainty. The manner in which David was killed speaks of the sheer hate that can exist in human beings who have not opened up their hearts to love and reason, the martyrdom and the blood that David shed planted the seed of love that we all need to share, LGBTI to straight, straight to LGBTI, one to another.”

This year the coalition group of Ugandan human rights defenders (SMUG) is suing American Evangelical Pastor Scott Lively in the U.S.A. under the Alien Tort Act, for the acts and deeds in Uganda that sparked the wave of persecution against the Ugandan LGBTI community, noting his complicity in the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, also known as The Kill the Gays Bill.

Through this extraordinary fight and act of bravery by SMUG and its individual members, it is clear that the spirit of David Kato is alive and well and breathing victory into the hearts and souls of his comrades.

http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/01/david-kato-remembered-a-hero-then-and-a-hero-now/

Is Rolling Stone’s Editor Responsible for the Murder of Uganda Gay Activist David Kato

Melanie Nathan- January 27-2011.

In a climate where proposed legislation has seized momentum with the promise of enactment, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill,  authored and promoted by MP David Bahati, to rid Uganda of gays, in a place that seeks to imprison gay people for life and to hang “repeat offenders,” – in a milieu of hate and animosity towards gays and lesbians, fostered by the calls for repentance by all GAYS at the behest of a parliamentarian – who admits such is in the name of his religious beliefs – where American Evangelicals, Scott Livelly et al, admittedly Crusade with the impetus of the CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY of UGANDA, a man lies bludgeoned to death – a gay man. The very activist who took a News Magazine to Court to prevent it from OUTING more gays and lesbians with photos and tabloid finger pointing.

David Kato was murdered yesterday – and a suspect has been named.  But the law should investigate fully all the circumstances surrounding the life and death of our dear friend David Kato. All inciting his death should be held responsible for this untimely death of a man who stood for what he believed in – in freedom of religion – separation of church and state and in the right for same-sex freedom –  in a country that purports democracy, but hides its sinister  infractions behind the religion of Members’ of Parliament and its perception that its sovereignty enables it to re-define ‘Human Rights’ to exclude gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people – who is truly responsible.  I would wonder how those who lit the fire will be dealt with. I would also hope that this horrific murder will cause enough of an outrage to put the craziness of the Bahati Bill to rest forever.

On January 05, 2011 I ran a piece Tabloid Editor Admits anti-gay Agenda in defiance of Court Order, on my interview with Giles Muhame, the Editor of the Ugandan Rolling Stone Magazine which  had published the faces of Gay people in Uganda, thereby outing them to the public at large.  Next to the piece was an image of a rope and sign “hang them.”

David Kato and others decided to sue the Tabloid and won a case for compensation as well as a restraining order banning the issue and further publication of “outing” photographs of gay people in Uganda.

When the Editor Giles, put out a vitriolic and inciting Press Release I decided to call him and interview him (Jan 05)   The Press release was in clear retaliation to Kato’s win of the case.

When I spoke to Giles, he was incensed that the ruling was perceived as a victory for the Ugandan LGBT community. I said in my Jan 5 article “This is more than Rolling Stone and the Ugandan supporters of anti-gay legislation can stand, and so they are lashing out at the community, inciting even more hate with Press Releases such as the one we have quoted below. After reading the Press Release, I called its author in Uganda and conducted an impromptu interview.”

Here is a repeat report of the PRESS RELEASE By Rolling Stone which should be re-read in light of the fact that Person’s Giles Muhame is addressing is now weeks later the victim of a brutal murder:

You will not Giles incites this murder of KATO be calling this “WAR” against the Gays, but calling him a devil that must be ridden.

HERE IT IS :  “Homos had a short-lived smile today morning after The Rolling Stone management announced it would appeal against a High Court ruling which “permanently restrains” the investigative newspaper from outing their pictures.

Homos sued Rolling Stone last November over a page one story titled “Pictures Of Uganda’s Top 100 Homos Leak.”

Court at 10:00am said the newspaper should give these self-confessed criminals shs 4.5m as compensation for violating their right of privacy.

This was in total disregard of the fact that the shamed homos’ pictures had appeared on a gay-networking website –gaydar.co.uk.

Justice Kibuuka Musoke said in his ruling read by the court registrar that by quoting a church leader calling upon government to hang homos, the newspaper put the lives and dignity of these fellows at risk!!

Can a newspaper incite government against a homo? If this is not fantasy then what is it?

Hanging is done after the due process of the law has been followed. Simple facts.

We would have paid them but doing so is as good as “paying a tribute” to those who promote sexual identity confusion and related madness.

Our lawyers said the controversial ruling does not only condone but perpetuates immorality with impunity.

It further sets a dangerous precedent for the nation and future generations.

It also puts media freedom at stake.

The newspaper managers have resolved to register our grievance with the President’s office.

We remain strong that indeed in times of war, losses are expected.

The newspaper will fight homos on different fronts.

Our supporters should remain strong –the agents of the devil shall be defeated.

It’s a matter of time.

Sanity must prevail at all costs.

Issued by
Giles Muhame
Managing Editor,
Rolling Stone”

Activists must ask for accountability.  The first head ought to be that of Giles Muhame – who to my way of thinking will not be able to hide behind the cover up that is already forming as Police authorities already quick to Judge this as just another crime on just another day in just another crime ridden area.  The story stinks and the smell leads to Rolling Stone!

Giles Muhame told me  early in January that he would defy the Order of Court, that he would continue to publish names and photos and he also told me that the edition with the names and faces would be handed out for free to every University and school – I would ask that if anyone in Uganda know if this actually happened – after the Court Ruling to pleas inform me, the Press and authorities.  Giles also told me he would be willing to face Jail to defy the order of Court.   You wiLl note the use of WAR and the Devil – in the above Press Release.

To Our Dear friend and Hero  David Kato – May you rest in peace knowing that we will continue the fight in your name and in the names of the other LGBTQI who have died simply for being a child of G-d.

May you rest in peace dear brother- we will carry it on…

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Editor of Ugandan Tabloid which Outed Gays says Rolling Stone Will Defy Court Order

Melanie Nathan – 01-05-2010;

The Editor of Rolling Stone Tabloid in Uganda, issued a PRESS RELEASE Monday in retaliation to the Uganda  Court ruling, restraining the Tabloid from outing Gays and Lesbians.  The ruling, a victory for the Ugandan LGBT community, is more than Rolling Stone and the Ugandan supporters of anti-gay legislation can stand, and so they are lashing out at the community, inciting even more hate with Press Releases such as the one we have quoted below. After reading the Press Release, I called its author in Uganda and conducted an impromptu interview.

The Tabloid was also charged with having to compensate the victims whom it had outed on the front cover story we reported on last year.

PRESS RELEASE By Rolling Stone

Homos had a short-lived smile today morning after The Rolling Stone management announced it would appeal against a High Court ruling which “permanently restrains” the investigative newspaper from outing their pictures.

Homos sued Rolling Stone last November over a page one story titled “Pictures Of Uganda’s Top 100 Homos Leak.”

Court at 10:00am said the newspaper should give these self-confessed criminals shs4.5m as compensation for violating their right of privacy.

This was in total disregard of the fact that the shamed homos’ pictures had appeared on a gay-networking website –gaydar.co.uk.

Justice Kibuuka Musoke said in his ruling read by the court registrar that by quoting a church leader calling upon government to hang homos, the newspaper put the lives and dignity of these fellows at risk!!

Can a newspaper incite government against a homo? If this is not fantasy then what is it?

Hanging is done after the due process of the law has been followed. Simple facts.

We would have paid them but doing so is as good as “paying a tribute” to those who promote sexual identity confusion and related madness.

Our lawyers said the controversial ruling does not only condone but perpetuates immorality with impunity.

It further sets a dangerous precedent for the nation and future generations.

It also puts media freedom at stake.

The newspaper managers have resolved to register our grievance with the President’s office.

We remain strong that indeed in times of war, losses are expected.

The newspaper will fight homos on different fronts.

Our supporters should remain strong –the agents of the devil shall be defeated.

It’s a matter of time.

Sanity must prevail at all costs.

Issued by
Giles Muhame
Managing Editor,
Rolling Stone

My Interview with Giles Muhame, Managing Editor, Rolling Stone -

After reading his Press Release, I called Mr. Muhame, the Managing Editor of the Rolling Stone Publication in Uganda.  He was very friendly – greeted me like a long lost friend with a resounding, Happy New year.  I said,  “Sir I am surprised, you sound like a really nice person, so friendly;  He said “I am really nice,   people are demonizing me but that do not know I am a very nice person.” And so we continued…..

Melanie: Most people in the western world think your statement and what the tabloid has done is outrageous and so they assume you are not a nice person.

Muhame: I am confused, I do not understand why people are outraged by us putting those pictures on our magazine page. We did the right thing to show those pictures. The Tabloid will win the appeal. We must expose criminals.

The homos argued that their right of privacy- had been breached when we published their pictures – but we must reveal these criminals to protect our children, Homosexuality is spreading like wildfire and we must stop it.  The parliament is trying to strengthen the weak law.

Melanie: Do you base the idea of immorality that you speak of in your Press release on religion?

Muhame: No Homosexuality is illegal – and that if a person is caught in the act, they can be arrested.  That is how the law is now.   The new legislation which we hope will receive quick passage as soon as February, will tighten the weak law.  The law is based on immorality for an  ACT committed against the order of nature.”  The new law will tighten this to refer to homosexuality in more specific terms and to criminalize it with stiff penalties.

Melanie: What about people leaving Uganda; the law would say they must be extradited back to Uganda; why not help the people get out of Uganda,  I have an idea- why not simply say – leave Uganda and we will organize your safe passage with other countries willing to rescue you. Then help the gays and lesbians and transgender people board planes of foreign countries to  leave as refugees?

Muhame: (Laughed)  If a person comes OUT and says they are gay or we  find that out, under the new proposed law, then they are confessing to a crime.  So how can we help the criminal to leave?  The order of nature says that men must sleep with women and make children.  Uganda must look after its people and curb immorality. So it must be a serious crime.

Melanie: What if one of your children were gay – and the law was in place including the hanging sentence- how would you handle that:

Muhame: I will have no problem to follow the law. The law is the law. I will give my child to the authorities and will let it be what must be – if  he must go to Jail or hang that will be fine if he is homo. If the law is there the homo should be hanged -he will pay the price. They will have to go to prison.

Melanie: Are you concerned that the USA and Western States may have to pull embassies, businesses, employees out of Uganda to safeguard against the possibility of committing a crime through employment of Gay and lesbian employees; and are you concerned about the economic impact of possible boycotts?

Muhame: We are not a colony anymore – we are independent. Soon we will have enough of our own oil and we will not need America or outside Countries. We are self sufficient and we will be okay, That is not a threat for us.  If America stops the AID we will be fine. We can work harder- we do not need America.

Melanie: So you are not at all concerned about your standing in the International community and people of Uganda will be fine with isolation?

Muhame: I am not a member of the Government but I know I speak what the people understand and people call us the Nazis of Africa and the Gays are the JEWS of Africa. They call themselves that to get sympathy.

Melanie: What harm do the Ugandans think Gays can cause in Uganda; why is it not possible to leave he Gays alone to their privacy between consenting adults?

Muhame: We cherish the traditional family. Homos spread aids and have orgies and are drug addicts.  There are higher mortality rates and increasing because of homos. We have big problems of poverty in Uganda.

Melanie:  Is poverty is the fault of  the homosexuals?

Muhame: Yes, of course.

Melanie: Do you realize that Hitler and the Nazis blamed the Jews in Germany for the economic problems and that was a justification for the Genocide?

Muhame: But here in Uganda we think that homosexuals are very few so the country can do without them. It will not matter if we take them out of society. The future of our kids is at stake. Homosexuality is illegal so if you commit a crime you have done an illegal act so we want to put them in jail and not let them out.

Melanie:  So what is your plan if you loose the case on appeal?

Muhame:  Rolling Stone Tabloid had plans for a campaign to drum up support for the (kill gays) Bill and we will not be afraid to lose our liberty and to publish the picture of the homos again even if the Court says we cannot.   I will go to Jail for the people of Uganda.

Rolling stone must continue with its plan- to help our people even if we risk our own liberty. I am prepared to go to jail but I will continue to publish picture and OUT more Homos.

Rolling stone will support all the candidates in the election that support the new homo bill and we will give the magazines for free to all the schools when the kids get back to school. When the students come back to school and Universities, we are going to defy the order of Court and we decided  that we will hold demonstrations and drum up support for the bill to be passed as soon as possible.
We will sacrifice our liberty we going against the order of God.  We will publish their pictures without fear from the courts.  I am willing to go to Jail.

Our constitution empowers the people – if they do not want homo they can fight for it that is our decision. Mainstream media is soft so Rolling Stone will do something to help the people of Uganda.

At the end of the conversation – and there was a lot more, we decided to remain in touch.  I promised Muhame that I would try to answer his question if he promised to publish it unedited in Uganda’s Rolling Stone Magazine – I would provide the answer to “WHY is America Outraged by the Outing of gays in their Magazine.”  He said he would be willing to listen.

At the end of the conversation I asked him if he would like to hear about my life. I told him I was born in South Africa, that I had been against the apartheid Government, how I supported Nelson Mandela and then the clinger – about my life in the USA, my work and my children and their achievements.  I then said I would give him permission to OUT me on his tabloid… that I had not fear because I believed that I had conducted my life with a strong sense of morality and that my Country allowed me to live openly as a lesbian.

He said he respected the discussion and that he would be open to hearing more from me about my side.

What I got from this conversation and from the underground sources that I have in Uganda, is that the situation is very serious and there is a good chance that the antigay bill can pass.  The people of Uganda are very far gone in their indoctrination and accordingly, the Western World had better come up with a plan, as a matter of urgency or lives will be lost to legalized hate that will follow.

Posted by Melanie Nathan

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2010 Melanie Nathan – fro previous Blogsite:

 

Jack and Linda Klenk Host Anti-Homosexual David Bahati – Radical Hospitality

MELANIE NATHAN Dec 09-2010

Gay & Lesbian (LGBTQI) activists call off protests scheduled for Friday at the home of the couple who Hosted David Bahati- of Kill the Gays infamy.

David Bahati came to the USA under suspicious circumstances; he knew he would not be allowed into the Conference; yet he still came.  The Ugandan Member of Parliament, David Bahati, is the author of the anti-Homosexuality Bill, set for passage in the Ugandan Parliament early next year; that is if Bahati is re-elected in February. LGR found out that Bahati was a guest at the home of Jack and Linda Klenk in Lorton, Northern Virginia,  (Fairfax County.)

Mr. Klenk and his wife, Linda Sowter Klenk, ( FB – “ God is in control . . . ALWAYS” ) hosted anti-homosexual Mr. Bahati on his unlawful visit to the USA. This was also announced on Maddow at the time of publishing this piece. (http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Klenk/100000135357809#!/profile.php?id=1220767085)

What Bahati did not realize, nor his handler Klenk, was that Bahati was being snooped by Maddow. Her questions were carefully crafted to expose Bahati, the Fellowship, the Klenks and Truro Church. Maddow succeeded and Bahati, who thought he was making the case for his Anti – homosexual Bill, did little more than reveal some stratling information.

Nobody wanted to meet with Bahati- his efforts to promote his agenda failed.   In fact he spent most of his last day on US soil, shopping.

He revealed prime information,  publicly on TV and offered to provide Rachel Maddow the evidence that he asserts underlies the basis for the kill gays bill.   On the Maddow show Bahati asserted  that gays were recruiting children in Uganda; into homosexuality! There is no way Bahati can deliver such evidence because there is not such act in reality as “recruiting into homosexuality.” It is simply a non-practice it does not exists other than as a perplexing myth created to distract Ugandans from the real problems facing their country.

Bahati accomplished absolutely nothing on his trip to the USA, except to get the Klenks into unwanted exposure. All said and done his trip was a disaster for one person only and that person was David Bahati.

Jack Klenk is a retired government career official – and we are left stunned that he would host a person who is proposing a Bill that would harm a large portion of a country’s community, in flagrant disregard for the Declaration of Human Rights.

How many gay and lesbian people do you think are employed by the department of Education in the USA? Well it could be as many as 1000 to 5000 – or at least that is what the Linked IN Page of retired director Jack Klenk asserts during his tenure. How many of those people do you think may have been gay or lesbian (LGBTQI) at the time Mr. Klenk was Director in the Office of Non-Public Education at U.S. Department of Education? Imagine how they must be feeling to hear that the retired Director hosted the most hated man in all of the gay world.

This morning at 9.00 am a group of GetEQUAL and other activists had planned to show up with picket signs to the home of the Klenks. The protest was called off when activists found out that Bahati had been booted out of the USA and Thursday afternoon State Department officials ordered him to leave the USA immediately, cutting his trip short.

The Klenk’s are actively involved in the Truro Church, whose tag line ironically includes “Radical Hospitality. ” Noting from the FaceBook pages of the Klenks, it is clear that they have a connection to Uganda. Upon further investigation it is clear that the Church has been involved in the support of missionaries to Uganda.

On the Rachel Maddow show , Thursday (taped day before) Bahati admitted his connection to the “FELLOWSHIP ” otherwise known as THE FAMILY,” the C Street connection that has been exposed as a secret c of sorts, housing members of Congress and covering up a sex scandal.

The Fellowship is a secretive network that supports international politicians like Bahati. It is difficult to divorce ‘The Fellowship’ and its membership from the anti homosexual Bill which Bahati has admitted is the start of a plan to rid the world of all homosexuals. Now Mr. Bahati has stated on Maddow that the Anti-Homosexual Bil “is the Fellowship.” Bahati associated the Fellowship in Uganda directly with the fellowship in D.C.

When asked if Klenk was also a member of the society, Bahati was reluctant to answer. It was interesting to note how taken a back the Ugandan was when faced with the unexpected confrontation.

- Now its time for Mr. Klenk to come forward and inform the LGBT community if he shares Bahati’s views. The Big Question is if Truro Church is involved with the Fellowship – the group that gave birth, according to Bahati , to what became known as The Kill the Gay Bill.

Rachel Maddow could all but contain herself, stating that this was the weirdest interview she ever did. Rachel ended the conversation wishing Bahati luck and mentioning that he may land up in front of an International Tribunal for crimes against Humanity…

When questioned about his view of the anti-homosexual Bill and guest Bahati, Jack Klenk told Jeff Sharlet, author of “THE FAMILY, ” that Bahati comes from a “loving place and that the punishments for gays in the Bill are ‘loving.’ ” Klenk seemed to think that Bahati’s position was mainstream.

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