Ugandan tabloid publishes 'gay list'

Ugandan tabloid publishes 'gay list'

A Ugandan tabloid has published a list of what it called the country’s “200 top” homosexuals the day after the country’s president signed an anti-gay law.

The Red Pepper tabloid published the names, and some pictures, in a front-page story under the headline: EXPOSED!

The list included prominent Ugandan gay activists such as Pepe Julian Onziema, who has repeatedly warned that Uganda’s new anti-gay law could spark violence against homosexuals.

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni enacted a bill on Monday that punishes gay sex with up to life in jail – a measure criticised as draconian in a country where homosexuality had already been criminalised.

Ugandan police spokesman Patrick Onyango said no homosexuals have been arrested since Museveni signed the bill.

A popular Ugandan hip-hop star and a Catholic priest are also on the list.

But Onziema said the tabloid had sufficiently identified many who had not yet come out publicly as gay.

“They are scared and they need help,” he said. “Some want to leave the country and they are asking to be helped. Some of the employers have read the paper, and from the descriptions they can tell who these people are.”

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