Facebook Takes Down Anti-Gay User Page Aimed At 'Outing' Ugandans

Facebook removed an anti-gay page aimed at 'outing' Ugandans who were preceived - or rumored  - to be gay and could be persecuted under the law. The page, called "Kampala Exposed: Facts and Rumors," was brought to wider attention by a Change.org petition started by the LGBT organization Freedom and Roam Uganda, and reported on by Towleroad. In the petition, Freedom and Roam Uganda cited a previous "outing" of Ugandans perceived to be gay in a local newspaper and the anti-gay bias believed to have led to the murder of prominent Ugandan LGBT advocate David Kato. GLAAD reached out to Facebook regarding the anti-gay page.

Uganda's anti-gay policies received heightened attention in December when the country's legislative body was expected to consider a bill that would impose extreme penalties upon those who are gay. The bill's fate in future legislative sessions remains uncertain.

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