A day after Uganda passed harsh anti-gay laws, a tabloid newspaper came out with a list of what it called the country’s top homosexuals.
The cover of the Red Pepper newspaper read, “EXPOSED! Uganda’s 200 Top Homos Named,” with several photographs next to the headline.
The story was not available on their online edition.
On Monday, President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill that made some homosexual acts punishable by life in prison.
“They’re disgusting. What sort of people are they?” he told CNN’s Zain Verjee afterward. “I never knew what they were doing. I’ve been told recently that what they do is terrible. Disgusting. But I was ready to ignore that if there was proof that that’s how he is born, abnormal. But now the proof is not there.”
This isn’t the first time that a Ugandan newspaper have identified people it claimed were gay.
In November 2010, Rolling Stone — a local tabloid which has no relation to the iconic U.S. music magazine — listed 100 of what it called the country’s top gays and lesbians, with photos and addresses alongside a yellow banner reading “hang them.”
The next month, the paper listed 10 more people it claimed were gay. The list included addresses and alleged intimate details about them.
Advocacy groups filed a lawsuit. And the Ugandan high court banned all media outlets in the country from publishing such lists. (CNN)