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Obama Releases Statement On Slain Ugandan LGBT Activist

We reported earlier today about David Kato, the Ugandan LGBT activist that was found bludgeoned to death by his neighbor, only weeks after his name, picture, and address were published in Uganda’s Rolling Stone magazine. President Barack Obama has released a statement on the tragic killing.

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id=”attachment_1559″ David Kato, Killed For Being Gay

I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of David Kato. In Uganda, David showed tremendous courage in speaking out against hate. He was a powerful advocate for fairness and freedom. The United States mourns his murder, and we recommit ourselves to David’s work.

At home and around the world, LGBT persons continue to be subjected to unconscionable bullying, discrimination, and hate. In the weeks preceding David Kato’s murder in Uganda, five members of the LGBT community in Honduras were also murdered. It is essential that the Governments of Uganda and Honduras investigate these killings and hold the perpetrators accountable.

LGBT rights are not special rights; they are human rights. My Administration will continue to strongly support human rights and assistance work on behalf of LGBT persons abroad. We do this because we recognize the threat faced by leaders like David Kato, and we share their commitment to advancing freedom, fairness, and equality for all.

We’re proud of our President for speaking up. It’s still just so sad though.

  • Anonymous

    “LGBT rights are not special rights; they are human rights. My Administration will continue to strongly support human rights and assistance work on behalf of LGBT persons abroad.” – President Obama

    Mr. President, don’t just do this for LGBT person abroad but for LGBT person in the United States. If they deserve equal rights abroad then we deserve equal rights at home and it should be made so. Talk is easy but backing that talk makes a difference. I voted for you and support you. Please do that for me and the gay community.

  • Rejjie

    “LGBT rights are not special rights; they are human rights. My Administration will continue to strongly support human rights and assistance work on behalf of LGBT persons abroad.” – President Obama

    Mr. President, don’t just do this for LGBT person abroad but for LGBT person in the United States. If they deserve equal rights abroad then we deserve equal rights at home and it should be made so. Talk is easy but backing that talk makes a difference. I voted for you and support you. Please do that for me and the gay community.

  • Anonymous

    If LGBT rights are not special rights, then why are we still not allowed to get married?

  • munkstah

    If LGBT rights are not special rights, then why are we still not allowed to get married?