A truly brave and courageous man is selected as today’s LGBTQ History Month Icon.
“I am a gay man. I am also Ugandan. There is nothing un-African about me.”
October is LGBT History Month and B.P will Highlight Icons all Month long, today’s featured LGBT Icon ~ Frank Mugisha
Dr. Frank Mugisha is one of the most famous and outspoken advocates for LGBT rights in Uganda, a country where being gay is a criminal offense. He is the executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and advocates on behalf of LGBT Ugandans who face prison or even death for being openly gay. He has received both the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award and the Thorolf Rafto Memorial Prize for his work.
When Mugisha was 14, he came out to his strict Catholic family. Many family members and friends disowned him. The rejection later inspired him to create Icebreakers Uganda, a group to help other young people with the coming-out process.
In 2014 he…
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