David Kato: Martyr in ongoing struggle for LGBTI rights

Remembering a hero…

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Bishop Christopher Ssenyonjo leads memorial service for David Kato on the fifth anniversary of his murder. (Photo by Kikonyogo Kivumbi) Bishop Christopher Ssenyonjo leads memorial service for David Kato on the fifth anniversary of his murder. (Photo by Kikonyogo Kivumbi)

By Kikonyogo Kivumbi and Colin Stewart

Supporters of human rights for LGBTI people gathered today in Kampala, Uganda, to honor inspirational Ugandan activist David Kato on the fifth anniversary of his murder.

Kato was killed in his Kampala home in January 2011, a few weeks after helping to secure a court injunction against a Ugandan tabloid that had printed the names, photographs and addresses of gay Ugandans, including Kato, with the tagline “Hang them.”

“David sacrificed himself serving the LGBTI community,” said John (Long Jones) Wambere, Kato’s friend and co-founder of the Kampala-based gay rights advocacy group, Spectrum Uganda Initiatives. As quoted in today’s Guardian article about Kato, Wambere said:

“The impact David had on me after his death was even greater than when he was alive. He never…

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