With Uganda’s ruling party this week proposing a new anti-gay bill many LGBT advocates say is even worse than the law struck down in August, a Ugandan civil rights leader and two activists from Cameroon appear on Out in the Bay to give first-hand accounts of the situation in their countries.
Pepe Onziema, program director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), talks about government tracking of activists and the public backlash after Uganda’s high court nullified the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, and describes how homophobia and transphobia are sweeping the continent. Gaelle runs the Cameroon non-profit women’s support organization Elles; Cedric Lopez, who worked for the AIDS organization Centre Access, fled Cameroon last year fearing for his life and now lives in the Bay Area. (Gaelle did not want her last name used.) We also hear “We Were The Hunted Then” from St. Louis, Missouri-based singer/songwriter Jon Valley. Eric Jansen hosts. (Broadcast Nov. 13, 2014)