Uganda Tabloid Publishes ‘Top Homos’ ‘Hang Them’ Hit List
October 20, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—-The Associated Press published a chilling piece today on Uganda’s continued assault on homosexuality. An upstart newspaper named the Rolling Stone (no relation to the U.S. magazine of the same name) outed a couple dozen “Top Homos” as part of the paper’s “Hang Them” campaign against homosexuality. But Box Turtle Bulletin, a blog devoted to LGBT issues had already reported on the chilling newspaper headline two-weeks ago that garnered little attention.
Although the paper promised 100 names and photos of “Uganda’s Top Homos,” it came up short. Still, as Box Turtle Bulletin reported, the identifying information and the few photos the paper did publish has re-ignited an already-simmering environment of anti-gay violence and discrimination.
“That hint of recognition you experienced may have come about because we were on this story two weeks ago, as we reported on the Rolling Stone’s unfolding anti-gay campaign with its October 2 issue. The front cover of the tabloid promised “100 pictures of Uganda’s Top Homos,” but the story beginning on page two only included eight photos gleaned from Facebook and Gaydar profiles along with personally-identifiable information — names (sometimes including full names), residences and employers — of about a couple dozen LGBT individuals.”
As pointed out by Box Turtle Bulletin, an anti-gay tabloid is not a new phenomenon in the homophobic country of Uganda. The previous tabloid Red Pepper also conducted anti-homosexual media campaigns outing Ugandan citizens, triggering hate crimes.
“Rolling Stone has upped the ante considerably over previous vigilante campaigns by attaching the tagline “Hang them” on the front cover. Previous Red Pepper campaigns typically revealed first names and general descriptions of their residences and places of employment. Rolling Stone goes further by including surnames for many of those who are being forcibly outed, as well as numerous photos. The article also promises that their list is “to be continued in the next issue.”’
The AP article reports that since the publication of Rolling Stone’s “Hang Them” issue, a number of the individuals named in the paper have been physically and verbally harassed and have become victims of workplace and housing discrimination.
The current war against homosexuals was accelerated last year with the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2009 that mandated life imprisonment for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered Ugandans and the death penalty for the crime of “aggravated homosexuality.”
After the draconian bill received international condemnation it was sent back to the committee process.
The kill the gays bill was drafted after a number of right-wing evangelical groups from the United States exported their homophobic biblical-based hate to Uganda. The secret Christian fundamentalist group, The Family that also operates the Washington C-Street House, a sort of evangelical boarding house for right-wing lawmakers, was up to its eyeballs in fermenting anti-gate hate in Uganda.
David Bahati, the sponsor of the kill the gays bill is reportedly a member of The Family. When the odious role of U.S. based faith groups became known, The Family and a number of lawmakers were called on to denounce the draconian bill calling for the death penalty for homosexuality.
Last year, President Obama spoke out against Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill, while speaking before a gathering for the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual Washington event sponsored by The Family.
“We may disagree about gay marriage, but surely we can agree that it is unconscionable to target gays and lesbians for who they are — whether it’s here in the United States or, as Hillary mentioned, more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda,” said Obama.
The Rolling Stone paper has been forced by the Ugandan government to stop publication until it can become properly registered with the government. But the paper intends to resume its vigilante anti-homosexual “Hang Them” campaign as soon as they can.
Photo Source: Box Turtle Bulletin