Ugandans Defend Criminalizing Gay People and Tell Obama to Back Off

As the president threatens to cut off aid in the face of Uganda’s anti-gay legislation, Ugandans speak out on the “scourge of homosexuality.”

(Continued from Page 1)

Terms like “sissy” and “dyke” were commonplace, and otherwise upstanding, churchgoing Christian people whispered about homosexuality as if it were some kind of birth defect. LGBT relatives were hidden away and treated almost like lepers. More than a few times I was warned, “You need to stay away from that boy; he’s a sissy.”

Listening to the visceral reactions of Ugandan callers on that BBC radio program made it very clear that in Uganda, until people can be properly educated about homosexuality, rational argument about human rights for members of the LGBT community will continue to fall on fearful, deaf ears.

Sylvester Monroe is a Los Angeles-based journalist who contributes to several national publications. He is a regular contributor to The Root. Follow him on Twitter.

The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.
The Root 100 People's Choice Awards  
Sept. 19 2014 8:34 AM