9 months ago

Homophobia is rampant across the African continent. But in Uganda it has been taken to a new—and perilous—extreme. Here, homosexuality is not only considered sinful; it is illegal. From Kampala to the remote villages, gay people—or kuchus, as gay people are known—are at risk of being beaten, harassed and even stoned to death. And a new Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been introduced in Parliament which would take the law several steps further, imposing a death sentence for HIV-positive gay men and a three-year prison sentence for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual—even your own child. Meanwhile, the government, the media, church leaders and American evangelicals are actively fueling the fire of intolerance and hatred throughout the greater population. The editor of one local tabloid is mercilessly outing gays on its front pages, encouraging violent reprisals such as hanging.

Yet amidst all the venom and homophobic fervor, veteran activist David Kato is undeterred in his fight for the rights of the LGBT community. The first openly gay man in Uganda, Kato boldly dares to protest publicly—in the courts, on television, at the United Nations—despite the great personal danger it poses to him and his small band of fellow kuchu activists. Yet no one truly expects the tragedy to come, when Kato is suddenly and brutally murdered. A traumatizing loss for the kuchu community, his death resonates throughout the world and becomes a lightning rod for gay activism and LGBT rights in Africa. Call Me Kuchu is a remarkable portrait of one man’s courage and conviction and the inspiring final testimony of a true David fighting a vociferous Goliath.

1 year ago
Upcoming The New Yorker cover.

Upcoming The New Yorker cover.

1 year ago
Batwoman #17, available from DC Comics in print and digital versions today, the openly gay heroine Batwoman (aka Katherine “Kate” Kane) proposes to her girlfriend, police detective Maggie Sawyer. While we don’t yet know the answer, if all goes well they’ll presumably be getting hitched, bringing same-sex marriage squarely into the center of a mainstream comic.

Batwoman #17available from DC Comics in print and digital versions today, the openly gay heroine Batwoman (aka Katherine “Kate” Kane) proposes to her girlfriend, police detective Maggie Sawyer. While we don’t yet know the answer, if all goes well they’ll presumably be getting hitched, bringing same-sex marriage squarely into the center of a mainstream comic.

1 year ago
Gay men are more likely than straight men to have a counterclockwise whorl. The Science of Gaydar.

Gay men are more likely than straight men to have a counterclockwise whorl. The Science of Gaydar.

1 year ago 1 year ago

Lana Wachowski’s courageous coming-out speech.

2 years ago 2 years ago
Portia de Rossi still lookin’ hot.

Portia de Rossi still lookin’ hot.

2 years ago
I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married. Cite Arrow President Barack Obama