Ugandan Judge Awards Payout to Two Women Accused of Being Lesbians

“A Ugandan judge has awarded two women $7,000 (£4,700), saying their rights were infringed when they were arrested on suspicion of being lesbians in 2005. One of them was undressed by police to prove she was a woman and assaulted. “The verdict is welcomed with excitement by the gay community,” activist Kasha Jacqueline told the BBC. “It is a Christmas surprise for us,” she said, adding that the judge had stressed such treatment was wrong. Homosexual acts are illegal in Uganda.” [BBC]