I had a romance novel inside me, but I paid three sailors to beat it out of me with steel pipes.
October 20, 2010
On the front page of a Ugandan newspaper, the country's 100 "top" homosexuals were listed, along with a bright yellow banner that reads, "Hang Them."
It also includes a photo and their addresses.
Four men have been attacked since the paper was published and many others are now in hiding. But this is not new for the conservative African country. A lawmaker introduced a bill last year that would have imposed the death penalty or life in prison for homosexual acts.
Gays in Uganda have suffered harassment and attacks since the bill was introduced. It follows a visit by leaders of U.S. conservative Christian ministries that promote therapy to turn gay people straight.
Ugandan citizen Patrick Ndede:
"Before the introduction of the bill in parliament most people did not mind about our activities. But since then, we are harassed by many people who hate homosexuality. The publicity the bill got made many people come to know about us and they started mistreating us."
Over the last year, 20 gay men have been attacked in Uganda, while another 17 have been arrested or put in prison.