By Melanie Nathan, October 22, 2015.
A well known Ugandan transgender activist is in hospital after being beaten by an angry anti-LGBT mob in Uganda, today.
Beyonce Karungi, 35, went into hiding after receiving several hate threats. When she emerged, she was attacked by a group of five unknown men, sustaining serious facial and bodily injuries. She has undergone x-rays in hospital and is currently awaiting the results.
Beyonce, though extremely traumatized, was able to tell me that she is in a great deal of pain: “I have injuries on my head, hands and my back because they were stomping on me and they were saying they want to kill me.”
Uganda’s LGBTI community is on alert; in just one week there have been several threats to harm the community and at least 5 other assaults on LGBT people in Uganda.
The anti-gay climate in Uganda has been ongoing for several years, and reached a heightened fervor in 2014, after passage of the new Anti-Homosexuality Act was invalidated by the Uganda Courts. Parliamentarians have been working toward returning what was once known as the “Kill the Gays Bill” to Parliament.
Gays, lesbians and trans people are subject to further assaults, ridicule and blackmail at the hands of Police in Uganda and so generally people are afraid to report such cases. For this reason and due to the criminalization of homosexuality in Uganda, under the current Penal Code, as well as the anti-gay milieu in general, Beyonce will continue to be in danger when she leaves hospital.
Pic: Beyonce Karungi