The Present Situation for LGBTI People in Uganda

The Present Situation for LGBTI People in Uganda – Dr. Frank Mugisha (Executive Director, Sexual Minorities Uganda) Tuesday 16 June, 5.00pm – 7.00pm Yudowitz seminar room, Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow.

On 17 June Dr Frank Mugisha, Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award Laureate (2011), will be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University (DUniv) at the University of Glasgow, on Commemoration Day. This award follows Dr. Mugisha’s address as Keynote Speaker at the LGBTI Human Rights in the Commonwealth conference held at the University on Nelson Mandela Day 18 July 2014, as a partnership between Glasgow Human Rights Network, Equality Network, Kaleidoscope Trust and Pride Glasgow.

On 16 June the Glasgow Human Rights Network, in partnership with the Gender and Sexualities Forum, is hosting a special event for Dr. Mugisha to speak on ‘The Present Situation for LGBTI People in Uganda’, regarding, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’s experiences. The event will be chaired by Dr. Matthew Waites, Senior Lecturer in Sociology.

‘Unnatural offences’ concerning ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’ have been prohibited by legal statutes in Uganda since their creation by the British Empire in 1902. In 2009 the ‘Anti-Homosexuality Bill’ was introduced into the Uganda parliament, initially proposing the death penalty for ‘aggravated homosexuality’ and known as the ‘Kill the Gays’ bill. A later revised version removed the death penalty. On 24 February 2014, after the bill’s passage through parliament, President Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act into law. However on 1 August 2014 the Constitutional Court in Uganda ruled the Act invalid due to parliament not being quorate when passed. A further bill called The Prohibition of Promotion of Unnatural Sexual Practices Bill was drafted in 2014.

The event will take place in three parts. First, Dr. Mugisha will make a presentation on the present situation in Uganda and international responses. Second, Dr. Mugisha will engage in conversation with Dr. Waites on several questions, particularly on how the LGBTI movement struggles in Uganda relate to UK and transnational politics and LGBTI activism. Thirdly there will be substantial time for questions and open discussion involving everyone attending; it is intended that this final section will be informal and an open forum, including for activists/NGOs to discuss current developments and collaborative strategies and support.

The event will conclude with a wine reception. If you would like to attend, please register on the Eventbrite site, and bring your ticket.

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The venue is accessible. Anyone attending with particular access or other requirements or questions, please contact Matthew.Waites AT

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