‘It’s a fight for their lives’ — NY Times on Uganda

The New York Times features original reporting by Jeffrey Gettlemen (together with some details that have been rehearsed both here and elsewhere) on the Ugandan kill-the-gays bill, paying special attention to the American ties that helped to stoke furor over homosexuals living there.

Donor countries, including the United States, are demanding that Uganda’s government drop the proposed law, saying it violates human rights, though Uganda’s minister of ethics and integrity (who previously tried to ban miniskirts) recently said, “Homosexuals can forget about human rights.”


Uganda seems to have become a far-flung front line in the American culture wars, with American groups on both sides, the Christian right and gay activists, pouring in support and money as they get involved in the broader debate over homosexuality in Africa.

“It’s a fight for their lives,” said Mai Kiang, a director at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, a New York-based group that has channeled nearly $75,000 to Ugandan gay rights activists and expects that amount to grow.

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