The criminalization and stigmatization of homosexuality in Uganda have led to persecution, denial of essential services, and terrible health outcomes for the country’s LGBTIQ community. The Ugandan government, with the assistance of Western Christian fundamentalist groups, has introduced bills and legislations intended only to persecute and harm the gay community. Spectrum Uganda Initiatives works to reverse some of that damage through education, advocacy, and increased access to health care for gay men in Uganda. Co-founder John Wambere tells of his journey of self-discovery and activism in Uganda, and his decision to seek asylum in the United States while continuing to fight for the rights of Uganda’s LGBTIQ community. This Article was presented at the Symposium “Perspectives on Racial Justice in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter” on October 20, 2017.
John “Longjones” Abdallah Wambere, OUT, PROUD, AND AFRICAN: ONE MAN’S JOURNEY AS A GAY UGANDAN ACTIVIST, 40 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 495 (2018), https://digitalcommons.law.wne.edu/lawreview/vol40/iss3/7