Ugandan family disown son studying in UK for being gay

Micheal , a 25 year old student who is currently studying in a college in the UK, upon returning home for holidays has been disowned by his family for being gay. In an Interview with Daily Monitor , Michael who requested his full names not be disclosed for purposes of his safety said “It was unfortunate that my relatives including my mother have disowned me because of my sexual orientation. Being gay is something that should be of no concern to any individual and is by choice,” he said.

“I do not how I will convince them to change their mind towards me,” he noted, adding, ”Only God’s intervention and help from good Samaritans may help overcome this problem that is making me have sleepless nights.”
He further stated that from the short time holiday he was left to spend in Uganda, he was forced to rent in the outskirts of the city for fear of being beaten by his relatives as they all turned him away and threatened to carry out mob justice on him.
Efforts to reach his mother were futile as her known phone number had been switched off for over a week. However, when contacted, the uncle only identified himself as John said, “I do not even want to hear about that boy. He has been wasted by western culture and has taken up their way of life as we feared he would because we always suspected him of being gay for a very long time. That is why we need a tough law to deter such immoral acts that the bible condemns.

Uganda’s anti-gay law that was quashed by court for having passed through parliament without quorum is being redrafted by members of parliament and could be enacted soon. The draft proposes death penalty for offenders and promoters of gay and lesbian lifestyles and way of being.
Micheal who is currently back in the United Kingdom to complete his studies had requested us not to publish this story until he left Uganda for fear of his life but when last contacted said after his college course is done he was not sure of his next move as he felt his life was in grave danger, especially given the threats he received from his own relatives.

wouma@ug.nationmedia.co.ug

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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