Ugandan Tabloid Publishes List of 100 'Top Homos', Calls for Their HangingS

The Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone (no relation to Jann Wenner) has outed one hundred gay (or presumed gay) Ugandans, inciting violence against several and sending many more into hiding. The rag's editor said the list was "in the public's interest."

I mean, good grief:

The front-page newspaper story featured a list of Uganda's 100 "top" homosexuals, with a bright yellow banner across it that read: "Hang Them." Alongside their photos were the men's names and addresses.

In the days since it was published, at least four gay Ugandans on the list have been attacked and many others are in hiding, according to rights activist Julian Onziema. One person named in the story had stones thrown at his house by neighbors.

The government, by the way, doesn't much care:

After the newspaper hit the streets, the government Media Council ordered the newspaper to cease publishing - not because of the newspaper's content, but rather that the newspaper had not registered with the government. After it completes the paperwork, Rolling Stone will be free to publish again, said Paul Mukasa, secretary of the Media Council.

So, awesome. You know, I know that pain and problems and politics are all pretty relative, so it's sort of unproductive to say that while things ain't perfect for the gays here in the States, at least it isn't Uganda, but what the fuck, I'm gonna say it anyway. This country has lots of gay issues that need getting over, but good heavens is it nice to live here, on New York City's Gay Island, instead of cowering in a house somewhere in Kampala. Blessings counted, is what I'm saying.

[Towleroad. Photo via AP]