It was brave of the Ugandans to participate. They knew that the photographs would be on the web. We had many discussions about the consequences if the photographs were seen in Uganda. They realized that they were irrevocably coming out of the closet. But they were proud to be a part of a meaningful, personal story. The project is a nominee for a 2014 award from the gay rights organization Glaad.
Most of the people in my story have been forced to relocate or have gone into hiding. One fled the country. Several, like Elijah, lost their jobs. Mr. Mugisha and other prominent figures in the Ugandan L.G.B.T. movement have stayed put, working to assist others.
Uganda is often painted with a broad brush in the West, as though the entire country were stridently homophobic. But many Ugandans oppose this law, and most rulings in Ugandan courts regarding civil rights cases for L.G.B.T. people have sided with the activists. Several of them were outed in 2009 by the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone (which had no connection with the American music magazine). They sued, and won, in a ruling that called the outing a threat to “fundamental rights and freedoms.” The newspaper subsequently folded.
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