Ugandan LGBTQ activist Steven Kabuye sustained serious injuries in a recent attack, sparking alarm and calls for justice. Video footage circulating online shows Kabuye lying on the ground with visible wounds, prompting an outcry from supporters and concern about escalating violence against the LGBTQ+ community in Uganda.
Kabuye has been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights in a nation where same-sex relationships face legal repercussions and societal stigma. Recent legislative changes further criminalized same-sex relationships, raising concerns about increased discrimination and violence.
Following the attack on Kabuye, community leaders, including activist Frank Mugisha, expressed support for Kabuye’s recovery and urged authorities to conduct a thorough investigation. The motive behind the attack remains unclear, and speculation regarding potential links to the country’s anti-LGBTQ+ legislation is circulating.
The post below, originally posted on X is confronting showing Kabuye in a hospital room bleeding profusely.
— Steven Kabuye (@SteveKabuye5) January 3, 2024
The incident highlights the precarious situation of LGBTQ+ individuals in Uganda and underscores the need for increased protection and respect for human rights. Kabuye’s attack serves as a stark reminder of the violence and prejudice faced by many within the LGBTQ+ community, both in Uganda and across the globe.
Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda under a colonial-era law that criminalizes sex acts “against the order of nature,” with life imprisonment punishment. A new bill passed in May 2023 prescribes the death penalty for “aggravated homosexuality” and life imprisonment for “homosexuality.” Jail terms of up to 20 years are also proposed for those who advocate or promote the rights of LGBTQ+ people.
While the cause of the attack remains under investigation, the incident demands a swift and transparent response from authorities.
Ensuring the safety and well-being of all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, is paramount. Furthermore, fostering dialogue and understanding within Ugandan society can pave the way for greater acceptance and inclusivity.
Last Updated on Jan 8, 2024