A few years ago, I was a regular reader of the anonymous “GayUganda” blog, which was written by a man in Kampala who poked at the powers who wrre conspiring to enact the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, especially the bigoted Christian preacher-moguls such as Martin “eat da poo poo” Ssempa.
Until today, I did not know that GayUganda had come out of hiding in 2012 at an AIDS conference as Dr. Paul Semugoma, an LGBT/AIDS advocate and medical doctor from Kampala.
The only way I found this out was through Box Turtle Bulletin, which posted that Semugoma was just released from detainment at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg. His visa was allegedly expired, according to the government, and he had just entered the country across the border with Zimbabwe, only to be arrested yesterday for deportation to his native Uganda.
Today, the Coalition of African Lesbians scored an indefinite work visa on Semugoma’s behalf, and he was greeted fulsomely by LGBT activists as he left the airport.
Cheers to Dr. Paul “GayUganda” Semugoma and the CAL for getting out of a sticky and life-threatening situation!