Ugandan parliament cheers as MPs pass bill to jail gay people

Uganda Parliament passes anti-gay bill
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Uganda’s parliament erupted into applause and singing after lawmakers passed horrifying legislation to jail people for identifying as gay or transgender.

Gay sex is already illegal in the east African conservative Christian country, punishable with life in prison.

But the chilling new laws go further and criminalise people solely on the basis of their sexuality or gender identity.

Individuals could face 10 years in prison for the “offence” of homosexuality. Under the laws, friends, family and members of the community must report individuals in same-sex relationships to the authorities.

The hateful bill will now go to President Yoweri Museveni to sign into law.

The bill also criminalises “recruitment, promotion and funding” of same-sex “activity” or the publication or distribution of pro-gay material.

Nearly every Ugandan MP voted to support the legislation.

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Spike in homophobic and transphobic persecution in Uganda

LGBT Ugandans already face widespread discrimination as well as homophobic and transphobic violence.

Local activists warn the violence has spiked recently in wake of the hateful rhetoric around the new anti-gay bill.

Local group Sexual Minorities Uganda reported more than a hundred incidents of homophobic and transphobic arrests, sexual violence, evictions and public undressings in February.

In the past fortnight, police in one town arrested a dozen men for “practising homosexuality” after investigating “several criminal sexual networks”.

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