Updated: Jun 27
As if it weren’t difficult enough being gay in Uganda, legislators are attempting to make life even worse for those who are attracted to someone of the same sex. While relations between consenting same sex adults have been illegal for some time, the recently passed bill makes it a crime to even identify as gay. Moms, dads, friends, brothers, and sisters would be legally compelled to turn in their children, siblings, or friends who they suspect of being a homosexual.
Imagine if you are a coming-of-age person in Uganda and you begin to realize that you are attracted to someone of the same sex and that nothing you do will take away those feelings. Then imagine of you are another young person with similar feelings toward someone of the opposite sex. Anyone who wants one should be able to have a joyful, meaningful, intimate relationship with whomever they love.
Well, there’s no difference and if you happened to be born gay, you are forced into a life of either pretending to be someone you aren’t or into a life of being single and celibate because the alternative is life in prison or worse yet, death. Yes, there are certain death penalty provisions in the bill.
God help you if you happen to be one of those young men who exhibit extremely feminine characteristics as some gays do. If there’s no way to leave the country, you might as well get it over with and just kill yourself because life will be a living hell.