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They will say we are not here

26 January 2012

“We are here,” said David Kato, Ugandan LGBT activist, before he was killed. The New York Times has posted a short, “opinionated” documentary on Kato, aptly entitled “They will say we are not here.” I urge you to watch the five-minute documentary. Given his death, it was hard to hear him say “So if I run away, who will defend the others?”

I am working on a research project with Ashley Currier and Tara McKay on political homophobia in Africa, so the statement Kato makes in the film, “Politicians now, they are fueling homophobia in people,” was particularly poignant. For more background on political homophobia, I recommend Ashley’s recently published piece in Gender and Society.

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