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Prominent Uganda Activist David Kato Murdered In His Home After Being Named To Rolling Stone‘s ’100 Gays’ List

David Kato, the 40-something Ugandan activist with Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), who was one of the plaintiffs who sued to shut down Rolling Stone‘s hit list of gay names and faces, has been killed, the organization relays. Kato appeared on the front page of Rolling Stone‘s Top 100 Gays list, the very piece the newspaper’s editor Giles Muhame defended himself against claims it incited violence. Witnesses spotted a man enter Kato’s home on Wednesday, hit him twice in the head (with a hammer, reportedly), and take off in a getaway car, reports Human Rights Watch.

 

Kato was among the lead voices on the ground lobbying against David Bahati’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. If British officials need any more reason to provide a safe haven for fellow Uganda activist Brenda Namigadde, who sought refuge in the U.K., they just received it. “In Uganda, I have nobody there,” says Namigadde, who is facing deportation this week. “If I am sent back I’ll be tortured, maybe killed. It’s very dangerous for me.” She’s not kidding.

UPDATE: American evangelicals, who helped seed and bolster Uganda’s anti-gay fear campaign, play the victim card. Muhame, the editor, insists his newspaper is not connected to Kato’s murder: “There is no need for anxiety or for hype. We should not overblow the death of one.” Police are leaning toward a blaming his death on a common robbery.

UPDATE: President Obama issued this statement: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of David Kato. In Uganda, David showed tremendous courage in speaking out against hate. He was a powerful advocate for fairness and freedom. The United States mourns his murder, and we recommit ourselves to David’s work. At home and around the world, LGBT persons continue to be subjected to unconscionable bullying, discrimination, and hate. In the weeks preceding David Kato’s murder in Uganda, five members of the LGBT community in Honduras were also murdered. It is essential that the Governments of Uganda and Honduras investigate these killings and hold the perpetrators accountable. LGBT rights are not special rights; they are human rights. My Administration will continue to strongly support human rights and assistance work on behalf of LGBT persons abroad. We do this because we recognize the threat faced by leaders like David Kato, and we share their commitment to advancing freedom, fairness, and equality for all. “

By:           Max Simon
On:           Jan 27, 2011
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  • 20 Comments
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      If I was Brenda, I would get in a car and drive out of Uganda now. I wouldn’t wait for some bureaucrats in the UK to get their shjit together. Pack up and leave now.

      Jan 27, 2011 at 4:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Gerald
      Gerald

      It is such a Sad moment for us here in Uganda, Those of use who last saw David Last Wednesday and spoke to him on fone on Monday and Tuesday this week, The memories are still so fresh, We are still finding it so hard to believe that in the next couple of days he wont be calling or texting or warning us of what is in the papers or out side our doors.

      He has been our ears and eyes in this country where u are never sure of what is going to happen to you as a gay/lesbian/transgender person at the next turn on the road to liberation. A father/mentor to many of us in this struggle, a teacher to all of us young and old and above all a trusted friend that would always be there for you no mater what bitter words you exchanged an hour before.

      The words to describe David Kato will never be and will never run out of our minds because he is so dearly missed already. We jsut cant stop grieving for such a loss for the words “May his soul rest in peace” are just not enough to give us the strength to move on in such time.

      Good bye David

      Jan 27, 2011 at 5:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • redball
      redball

      Grammar Fail:

      “…spotted a man enter…, hit…, and TAKE [not "took"] off….”

      Queerty, sometimes reading you hurts my head! But I always come back b/c the site is fun and, yes, informative :)

      Jan 27, 2011 at 7:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason

      This is shocking and horrific news. The editor of Rolling Stone needs to be arrested for incitement to murder. We need to put pressure on the UN. The UN has been virtually silent on Uganda’s homophobic campaigns. Let’s put an end to aid to this backward dump.

      If they want to join the community of nations, let them prove that they are not backward savages.

      Jan 27, 2011 at 7:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • JE
    • Adam
      Adam

      Sick, sick, sick! This is an outrage. Savage ass country.

      Jan 27, 2011 at 9:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Francis
      Francis

      What a tragedy and an outrage! RIP to David Kato. My heart goes out to all of the LGBT individuals in Uganda. What a tragic situation going on in that country. They are using gays as a scapegoat. Hopefully there is another leader in that country who can step up with the loss of Kato. There needs to be much more international attention and action brought against Uganda, and these other homophobic countries, and these amnesty organizations need to take these threats seriously. These countries are trying to wipe away the entire gay population and need to be stopped immediately.

      Jan 27, 2011 at 11:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the crustybastard
      the crustybastard

      I suppose it was the Christian thing to do.

      Jan 27, 2011 at 11:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nathan
      Nathan

      This is awful, I really hope that the deportation of Brenda Namigadde will be stopped otherwise she will probably end up like David Kato.

      Jan 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      What pisses me off is the cops are saying this was a “robbery” not a gay killing.

      Jan 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • T.
      T.

      Bravest man I’ve ever met. What a tragedy.

      Jan 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SG
      SG

      Really sad news but the President’s statement couldn’t be better. Really well-written and hits all the right notes.

      Jan 28, 2011 at 6:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Danny
      Danny

      This is why Jewish people teach their young people how to fight and defend themselves. As a minority, gay people need to do the same – teaching young gay people and their straight friends how to fight and defend themselves against the evil people out there who want to commit genocide against them. If you don’t stand up to defend your own human rights, no one else will.

      Jan 28, 2011 at 8:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe
      ewe

      The murderers must be executed to send the message that this will not be tolerated. It is the only message that most ignorant creatures will pay attention to.

      Jan 28, 2011 at 11:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jason
      jason

      I am all for every single gay person learning the martial arts. Every single one of us.

      As for David Kato’s murder, the person who did it was a policeman.

      Jan 29, 2011 at 8:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Queer Supremacist - Put Homophobes In Gas Chambers
      Queer Supremacist - Put Homophobes In Gas Chambers

      My solution to homophobia:

      Every gay man and woman needs to be armed to the teeth. 38′s, 45′s, AK-47s, BB Guns, I don’t care, as long as it can be used to show the breeders that if you try to bash us, you have signed your death certificate.

      You gay gun haters need to get over your hoplophobia. The Second Amendment is as much a friend of the gays as the first.

      Jan 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FlameoftheWest
      FlameoftheWest

      Mr. Kato you’re a hero and a courageous human being and your work to make the world a better place will never be forgotten.

      Feb 4, 2011 at 3:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Master John
      Master John

      Stupid ass African countries and their outdated points of view. They truly embarrass me as a Black person with this non sense. Even if the mind set is due to homophobia during colonization, you would think that at some point they could rub their minimal brain cells, and stop hating. These are the same people that cry racism, and bigotry and then do it to OTHERS just the same. I love my ancestors but knowing what I know I would never waste money visiting.

      Feb 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nathan
      Nathan [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Master John: Morally repugnant points of view here, blaming the victims of colonization and white evangelism. Found a picture of Master John IRL, guys:

      [img]http://www.thisisyourconscience.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/ruckus.jpg[/img]

      Feb 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Master John
      Master John

      Real catty with the cartoon pictures.

      And HOW LONG ARE THEY/WE GOING TO BE VICTIMS, AND SUBJECT OUR OWN PEOPLE TO THIS NON SENSE, JUST BECAUSE OF COLONIALISM? ANOTHER 100 YEARS? 200 MABE? IF THEY FREED THEMSELVES OF THEIR OWN IGNORANCE AND STOP CARRYING AROUND THE MINDSET OF A VICTIM, THERE WOULDNT BE MUCH NEED FOR DISCUSSION.

      Feb 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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