Activist says many people identified as gay are scared, want out of Uganda

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Associated Press

Posted on February 25, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 5:04 PM

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A gay activist in Uganda says many of the people who were identified as gay today by a Ugandan newspaper are "scared," and are looking for a way out of the country.

The newspaper published a list of what it called the country's "200 top" gays, raising fears of violence against the people who were named. Just yesterday, Uganda's president signed a law that provides long prison terms for people who engage in homosexual activity.

The newspaper ran its list of names -- and some pictures -- in a front-page story under the headline "EXPOSED."

A popular Ugandan hip-hop star and a Catholic priest are among those on the list. The newspaper's news editor offered no details on how the names were compiled.

According to a gay activist, the tabloid provided enough information to identify many people who had not come out publicly. Three years ago, a Ugandan tabloid published a similar list and called for the execution of gays. A prominent Ugandan gay activist was killed after that list came out.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is demanding that the law that was signed yesterday be revised or repealed. He says it could lead to prejudice and harassment against gays.

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APPHOTO NAI103: A Ugandan reads a copy of the "Red Pepper" tabloid newspaper in Kampala, Uganda Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's "200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified themselves as gay, one day after the president Yoweri Museveni enacted a harsh anti-gay law. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera) (24 Feb 2014)

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