Ugandan Gay Activist David Kato, Murdered
Gay community in Uganda remembers gay activist David Kato, former primary school teacher who gave up career to get involved in the fight for the rights of those who share his sexual orientation, found dead at his home on Wednesday.
As an gay activist, Kato fought against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, by which the people are called to denounce gay activity and death sentences for this kind of actions are pronounced.
Kato said he took up the fight against gay discrimination upon returning from South Africa in 1998, where he had fought for the liberation of gay people.
As soon as he returned to Uganda, he was taken into police custody for his activism, and that is how he became a leading member of gay rights community in East Africa.
Being a gay was always a problem for his teaching career, because he had to face many accusations from the children’s parents who were afraid he would influence their sexual orientation.
One of the most important moments in his activity was the publication by Rolling Stone newspaper of photographs of gay people, including his, under which the editors were placing the exhortation “Hang them!”
The case went to court and a judge ruled that no personal data of gay people should be allowed to be made public, and the newspaper was fined for its incitation to crime.
David Kato has been murdered on Wednesday at his home outside Kampala. Reports say that the murder occurred at 13:00 local time, and that a man came to the house and stroke him on the head. Police are searching for two suspects.11