(KAMPALA, Uganda) — Uganda’s health minister says gays will not be discriminated against by medical workers after the country’s president signed a law that strengthens criminal penalties against homosexuals.
Health Minister Ruhakana Rugunda told The Associated Press Wednesday that a clause which would have required medical workers to report homosexuals to police was removed from the bill signed by Uganda’s president on Monday.
But a prominent gay rights activist said the reality is far different in a country where homosexuals are often demonized.
Pepe Julian Onziema said that well-known homosexuals face constant discrimination and abuse. He recalled being ignored many times by medical workers who served others as they gossiped about his sexual orientation.
A tabloid newspaper on Tuesday printed a list of Uganda’s “200 top” homosexuals, saying it wanted to expose them.