Remembering David Kato

January 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

My former Avaaz colleague Emma Ruby-Sachs has written this piece on HuffPo about murdered Ugandan gay-rights activist David Kato. This man, who stood so bravely for the rights of LGBTQ people, had only weeks ago won an injunction against the magazine that had listed him among the ‘100 Top Homos‘ in a piece with the title ‘Hang Them’. The Guardian carries an article remembering David, while the New York Times explains why Uganda seems to be the front line of the African struggle for gay rights.

Uganda seems to be on the front lines of this battle. Conservative Christian groups that espouse antigay beliefs have made great headway in this country and wield considerable influence. Uganda’s minister of ethics and integrity, James Nsaba Buturo, who describes himself as a devout Christian, has said, “Homosexuals can forget about human rights.”

I honour the man who faced hatred with courage, and stoop up for what he knew was right.

“I have tasted freedom. I will not give up that which I have tasted. I have a lot more to drink.”

Harvey Milk, gay-rights leader

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