Cheers and applause as Uganda passes new bill banning identifying as LGBT

Uganda’s parliament has passed a new law which criminalises identifying as LGBT, and threatens them with 10 years in jail.

Musa Ecweru, MP for Amuria District, addressed lawmakers, saying homosexuals will have “no space in Uganda”.

It is the latest sign of rising homophobia in a country where homosexual acts are already illegal.

Activists and LGBT people in Uganda have said that anti-homosexuality sentiment in the country is exposing them to physical and online violence, and that the bill may have far-reaching consequences for Ugandans in general.

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