David Kato, the First Openly Gay Man in Uganda

In this article, we are going to discuss David Kato, described as Uganda’s first openly gay man and the father of the queer movement in Uganda. While David Kato is not a well-known name in the North American queer community, he was - and is - renowned in the queer community of Uganda. He was also well known in international politics, even though it was incredibly dangerous for him to even be on the radar in his own country, as same sex relationships are illegal in Uganda. His life was made even more dangerous because the citizens of Uganda tend to attempt to enforce the laws against homosexuality with their cruel methods. That is what eventually led to Kato’s death, and that is what we are going to explore.

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