In March 2014, the vindictive, incendiary Ugandan tabloid "Red Pepper" published the details of 200 people it deemed to be "homosexual," in what appeared to be a gleeful celebration of the recently passed Anti-Homosexuality Bill. As a commissioning editor for a long-standing UK leftist magazine also named Red Pepper, I wanted to take the opportunity of … Continue reading Out of the furnace, into the fire? Article on Uganda & LGBT asylum seekers in the UK
Two weeks ago, President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni demamded scientific proof that homosexuality is not a genetic trait before signing the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law. On Friday, the team of scientists - commissioned by Museveni’s NRM party - published their Scientific Statement on Homosexuality. It concludes: "There is no definitive gene responsible for homosexuality.” … Continue reading The Scientific Statement on Homosexuality – A Useful Document?
My latest article: Righteous Crusades? Imperialism, homophobia and the danger of simplification in God Loves Uganda. Published on the multi-lingual, interdisciplinary and generally quite excellent new online journal The Postcolonialist. I wrote this piece in response to the documentary film "God Loves Uganda," but it can also be read as a more general response to the … Continue reading Latest article: On Uganda, homophobia and complex histories