Kuchus in Uganda

When Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law on February 24, 2014, local LGBT-rights campaigners feared that their years of activism had just been erased. The kuchu population—a Swahili word appropriated by the LGBT community that roughly translates to "queer"—began fleeing the country in droves, seeking asylum in slightly more tolerant neighboring states, Europe, and America. Those who stayed were forced to take their personal lives even further underground. The few community gatherings and safe spaces that had once existed for kuchus abruptly vanished.

Then, on August 1, the Constitutional Court struck down the law on a procedural technicality. While some argue that the decision is a huge disappointment in its failure to address the law as a human rights violation, it still represents a victory for the evolution of LGBT rights and a small step in the gradual destigmatization and decriminalization of sexual minorities.

Kuchus in Uganda: Double Lives

In Kampala even the most outspoken activists from the LGBT community are forced to lead double lives when their very existence is illegal.

Gay Couples in Uganda

When their sexuality (and their very existence) is illegal, these couples can only be together behind closed doors. This is a look at Uganda's secret LGBT relationships.

Gaps in the Global Fight Against AIDS

We can now envision a post-AIDS world, but marginalized communities are still being left behind. In the global fight against AIDS, business as usual will not end the epidemic.