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Ugandan Activist Frank Mugisha Scared He Might Be Poisoned By Anti-Gay Thugs

After penning an insightful op-ed about the plight of  LGBT people in his native Uganda for The New York Times last month, Frank Mugisha has been on the receiving end of some nasty death threats.

Anow recent article in a local Kampala newspaper smearing him as a liar has put him in even more danger:

“It said that everything we are saying is not true,” he told Michelangelo Signorile in a radio interview. “That we are just trying to get sympathy in the Western world. They put my picture in the newspaper with all these hate words and of course I got a lot of bad emails, bad phones, a lot of harassment against me.”

Mugisha is even worried anti-gay foes might try to poison him.

“Every day of my life here in Uganda I have to be careful of what I do,” he said. “It has reached the point that where I even have to be careful when I’m going to get food in a restaurant, to be sure that the food I’m getting—that I trust the restaurant—because I’m scared I could get poisoned.”

Mugisha is worried about ending up like fellow activist David Kato, who was murdered in his home after his name and photo were published in a local paper. And while we admire Mugisha’s efforts to combat homophobia, we worry for his life too.

Say safe, Frank.

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    • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

      What a brave man.

      Jan 13, 2012 at 8:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CBRad

      @Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva: I agree. some of these activists in other places really…remind us things could be worse..

      Jan 13, 2012 at 8:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike UK

      and this in a country that wants the death penalty for gay men!

      Jan 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Phantom

      I just hope he will be alright.

      Jan 13, 2012 at 10:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kenny

      Aren’t Africans always killing each other? Why should we give a shit?

      Jan 14, 2012 at 11:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Esculapio Mitiríades Torquemada de la Cueva

      @Kenny: Why should we give a shit about you? Mugisha is 1,000 times the man you will ever be.

      Jan 15, 2012 at 12:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Larry

      some of the idiot haters on here (kenny) are way too dumb to be gay

      Jan 15, 2012 at 1:59 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alex


      agreed. they must’ve got linked here from Stormfront or something

      Jan 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • redball

      @Kenny: Ignorant dirty racist bitch

      Jan 16, 2012 at 6:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike UK

      @Kenny: you’re a fuckwit!

      Jan 16, 2012 at 6:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kiggundu george

      man you so brave keep the spirit.

      Feb 28, 2012 at 7:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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