Ugandan Activists David Kato Never to be Forgotten


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By Melanie Nathan, January 26, 2015.

Kuchu_David_Kato David Kato

On January 27, 2011, the most outspoken gay rights advocate in Uganda, at a time when the country’s Parliament was considering a bill to execute gay people, was murdered. Today the LGBTI Ugandan community and global activists around the world, remember David Kato Kitsule  and his untimely passing.

Kato  had received a stream of death threats.  A few months before his murder, a Ugandan newspaper ran an anti-gay explosive rant, outing gays, with Mr. Kato’s picture on the front page under a banner urging, “Hang Them.”

Kato was beaten to death with a hammer. Police officials were quick to chalk up the motive to robbery, but members of the the LGBT community in Uganda suspected otherwise. A perpetrator was caught, tried and sentenced to 30 years in prison:

“Accused murderer Sidney Nsubuga Enoch, a male prostitute, was found guilty and sentenced…

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David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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