Uganda has passed a law banning citizens from identifying as LGBTQI in a move activists labelled extreme and draconian.
Uganda makes it a crime to identify as LGBTQI
Uganda’s parliament has passed a law making it a crime to identify as LGBTQI, handing authorities broad powers to target gay Ugandans who already face legal discrimination and mob violence.
More than 30 African countries, including Uganda, already ban same-sex relations. The new law appears to be the first to outlaw merely identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer, according to rights group Human Rights Watch.
Supporters of the new law say it is needed to punish a broader array of LGBTQI activities, which they say threaten traditional values in the conservative and religious East African nation.
In addition to same-sex intercourse, the law, passed on Tuesday, bans promoting and abetting homosexuality as well as conspiracy to engage in homosexuality.