On Friday, February 28, 2014, TransAfrica was pleased to host a luncheon for our partner and prominent human rights defender, Dr. Frank Mugisha. Frank is the Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and visited Washington, DC the same week that President Museveni signed the highly controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda (see TransAfrica's statement on the AHB here).
The luncheon included many prominent thought leaders from the African American and human rights community. TransAfrica President Nicole Lee introduced Frank, explaining that she first met him 2011 when his fellow LGBT activist David Kato was murdered in Uganda. "Frank spent six hours on the phone, doing everything that needed to be done. From coordinating plans, to comforting friends, to rallying colleagues," Nicole noted that once he sprang into action he didn't stop. That same year, Nicole and TransAfrica nominated Frank for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Award, which he won in 2011.
Here is Frank's presentation about the current situation:
Frank sums up actions we can take in solidarity with Uganda's LGBT and human rights community: