July 2, 2012

For years, Frank Mugisha, an Ugandan advocate for the rights of sexual minorities in Uganda, has worked tirelessly for equal rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people in the East African country. If you are gay in Uganda you must watch your back for fear of attacks or arrest. Many who have come out to their families are shunned. People lose their jobs. You are not guaranteed basic human rights as other citizens of Uganda. It is not right, and Mugisha wants change.

Just days before Samuel L. Jackson used his position as host of the BET Awards to speak out in support of Frank Mugisha and LGBT people living in Uganda, BET published this excellent article on Mugisha and the hardships he faces as an advocate for LGBT equality in Uganda. A 2011 recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, Mugisha spoke with The Root last year about his work.