Thursday, January 27, 2011


Whenever we hear of gay personalities being killed, our minds usually wander off to the Caribbean Island of Jamaica. At least for me it does. Never ever did I think it would hit close to home. If people do nothing, Uganda will fast become one of those highlighted-in-red states. 

I woke up this morning to the tragic news of David Kato, a Ugandan gay activist’s death. Yes, he's the one that was on the front page of the hang them campaign. He was also among those that recently won a case against the rolling rug. Sometimes we undermine the level of hate that lies underneath the everyday smiles that are typical of Ugandan society. Somewhere in a crowd of happy people, there is always a sad sad soul that will want to take out their life’s failures and disappointment on someone else…regardless whether it is triggered by a newspaper outing, money or long-harbored disdain. This is one of those days that I feel overcome with helplessness for the human condition.

It all seemed so surreal to me in the morning when I found out. Then it got scary. It’s now sad. Like I said before, I don’t know any of the gay activists personally, hell, I don’t even hang out in the big gay circles, but hearing about this tragedy I can’t help but feel close to this person…the things he has done for the struggle for equality in this country. The LGBT community truly has suffered a huge loss, the loss of a brave man. We should not mourn over David Kato’s death; we cannot let him become just another statistic. He’d want us to celebrate the life he lived and honor it by being just as brave and as proactive as he was. Fearless.

It is truly sad that this man did not live long enough to see the full equality he so relentlessly fought for, a freedom that is yet to lend a glimpse of itself to us. One day that freedom will appear on the horizon…it will arrive. And wherever David Kato is, he will smile with us.

May His Soul Rest In Eternal Peace.

1 comment:

  1. I had never met the man, but i heard about him so many times more among friends than enemies and today i even hear about him more than ever. As much as others are quick to judge, David lived his life the best he could be and taught many about acceptance, understanding and above all love.

    May his soul rest in eternal peace.