I Have a Right to Be There: Why Ugandan Gay Rights Activist Won't Leave

Days after Uganda's president signed into law an anti-gay bill that punishes sex between homosexual couples with a maximum sentence of life in prison, Richard Lusimbo was outed in the most public of manners. He was alerted by a friend that his picture was splashed across a tabloid newspaper under the headline 'How I Became Homo'. "I just went silent, I didn't know what to do," Lusimbo recalled of that day.

Despite the threat to his life, Lusimbo said he has no intention of leaving Uganda. "I have a right to be there. Uganda is home. It's where my family is. It's where I've grown up and there's a lot of work to be done. I also have a right to contribute to [Uganda's] development."

Credited Source: 
Canada AM

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