LGBTQ Ugandans face backlash amid parliament probe

STORY: LGBTQ activist Eric Ndawula is gathering laundry from outside his home in Uganda's capital Kampala.

But, he says, he won't be living here by the end of the month.

Last month, Uganda's parliament ordered an investigation into the alleged promotion of homosexuality in schools.

Days later a video circulated online identifying Ndawula as gay.

His landlord showed him the video, before serving him with an eviction notice.

"I am now a threat to the children around because I am going to per say recruit them into homosexuality. I have been in this house for over four years."

Activists say lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Ugandans have been hit by a wave of discrimination and violence since parliament announced its investigation.

Their status is already precarious in Uganda, where same-sex relations are punishable by up to life in prison.

"There are a lot of people that I know that have chosen to re-closet themselves, hide deep under because they are scared of coming out."

Frank Mugisha is a rights activist whose charity was closed last year.

"From parliament, from all different bodies of government is a clear indication that they want to erase anything around the human rights of LGBTQ persons in Uganda. And definitely the end game is come up with a stronger legislation."

On Tuesday (February 28), lawmaker Asuman Basalirwa was given leave of parliament to prepare a new anti-LGBT law.

He said it would criminalize a range of activities including "aiding, abetting, promoting and recruitment" of people into homosexuality.

That would make it similar to a 2013 anti-gay law that was condemned by the United States and other Western donors.

It was struck down by a court as unconstitutional in 2014.

"To find that about a hundred schools are consuming study material that is contaminated with this kind of vice. It is not something that just comes by."

Cuthbert Abigaba is the lawmaker leading the parliamentary investigation.

"Whether new laws come, some of us will support because we are not willing to see our generation, our country get extinct."

Activists say the vitriolic language being used by officials, as well as recent anti-gay comments by President Yoweri Museveni and the head of Uganda's Anglican church, has already had far-reaching consequences.

One Kampala-based human rights advocate said he was aware of victims who had been detained, beaten and threatened - as well as one who was nearly castrated by a mob.