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SMUG fights for equality in Uganda

On Monday Feb. 24, in spite of international pressure, Ugandan President Yoweni Museveni signed into law a controversial anti-gay bill drafted first in 2009. The new law makes homosexuality, already criminal in Uganda, punishable by life imprisonment.

Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex advocacy group Sexual Minorities Uganda has been leading the fight against this and other homophobic legislation. The Michigan Citizen interviewed SMUG’s Executive Director, Frank Mugisha, on Feb. 20 at the Charles Wright Museum before his participation in an event organized by Detroit’s Freedom House. Freedom House provides services for international political refugees, many of whom are LBGTI.

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