Uganda, scary place, very scary place if you are gay. In Uganda, they don't just talk about it, they do it. They kill you. Not subtle like here...
In Uganda, it's pretty clear that the verbal violence of homophobia became reality with the murder of David Kato. Kato was one of Uganda's most visible gay activists.
Cops seldom will admit that hate crimes occur in their jurisdictions: they too often share society's prejudices or just want to 'protect' against their city or country getting a 'bad' rep.
The tabloid newspaper that repeatedly fanned the flames of anti-gay hatred (which has no relationship to the US magazine with the same name) bills itself grandly as "Uganda's leading investigative political newspaper." They may be overdoing it making that claim, but there's no doubt that this sort of paper can be influential. See our own New York tabloids stoking outrage about the downtown Islamic Cultural Center last summer.
On the particular tabloid cover pictured above (there were a series of these inflammatory covers, I believe), that's Mr. Kato on the left and the Rt. Rev. Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, the former Anglican bishop of Western Buganda in Uganda on the right. Bishop Christopher has spoken out for years against attacks on gay Ugandans, simply pointing out that these despised people are human beings too. More on Bishop Christopher here.
Mr. Kato is dead -- and that's all the more reason why LGBT people and their friends in safer places need to demand that Ugandan authorities stop the violence. The notorious "Anti-homosexuality Bill" that would criminalize gay lives and even gay advocacy isn't dead; its author, M.P. David Bahati, who has been lionized by U.S. evangelicals, intends to bring it back after Parliamentary elections. President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have denounced the legislation. They need to be heard again. In the United Kingdom, the government needs to look again at asylum claims from Ugandan gay people; for some people, this is a matter of life or death.