Call Me Kuchu
In an office on the outskirts of Kampala, veteran activist David Kato labors to repeal Uganda's homophobic laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, or "kuchus." But David's formidable task just became more difficult. A new "Anti-Homosexuality Bill" proposes the death penalty for HIV-positive gay men and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. David is one of the few who dare to publicly protest the country's government and press. Working with a dedicated group of fellow activists, he fights for Kampala's kuchus on Ugandan television, at the United Nations, and in the courts. Because, he insists,"if we keep on hiding, they will say we are not here." With unprecedented access, Call Me Kuchu examines the astounding courage and determination required to battle an oppressive government, a vicious media and a powerful church in the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
Human Rights Watch has documented abuses faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people across the globe, including in sub-Saharan Africa. Human Rights Watch's work in Cameroon, Senegal, Liberia, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria and Burundi include working with local groups to speak out against repressive legislation, police brutality and torture in detention, denial of access to health care or education, and lack of freedom of assembly and expression. Our most recent report, "We'll Show You You're a Woman," is about violence and discrimination against lesbians and transgender men in South Africa hrw.org/reports/2011/12/05/we-ll-show-you-you-re-woman. Human Rights Watch also works with Ugandan human rights defenders in combatting violence and discrimination.