Uganda bans homosexuality and transsexuality: even calling yourself that is now a criminal offence

Uganda is becoming even more unlivable for gays, lesbians and transgender people, among others. Even identifying yourself as such will become a criminal offense in the East African country.

The Ugandan parliament passed a law that makes almost everything punishable for gays, lesbians and transgender people, among others. According to human rights organization Human Rights Watch, it is the first time that identifying yourself as someone from the LGBTIQ+ community has become illegal.

Proponents of the new law say the LGBTQ+ community threatens the conservative and religious country’s traditional values. The authorities will be given even more powers to act against this group of Ugandans, who already faced legal discrimination and violence.

In addition to same-sex sex, the law also prohibits “promoting and inciting homosexuality”. Violations lead to severe penalties, such as life imprisonment. People who have sex with minors of the same sex even face the death penalty, as do “offenders” who are HIV positive.

Uganda and more than 30 other African countries had already banned same-sex relationships.