Already “subject to persecution and arbitrary arrest in Uganda,” gays could see their freedoms even further curtailed if a new bill becomes law. Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, “includes a section that would introduce the death penalty for the offence of ‘aggravated homosexuality’“:
The bill proposes stricter penalties for homosexual acts, already illegal in the East African nation, and the death penalty for anyone who engages in same-sex relations with children under 18 and disabled people or who is HIV-positive while having gay sex.
Not just that, the bill would impose a seven-year jail sentence for the “promotion of homosexuality.”
Almost throughout human history, we’ve seen such laws. And as gay advocates abroad work for their repeal, let this also serve as a reminder of how singular have been the cultural changes in Western societies these past few decades, allowing us to express ourselves without fear of prosecution and to live freely and openly without censure or stigma.