In 2010 I went to listen to David Kato discuss his work with Sexual Minorities Uganda. His talk was titled “A matter of life and death: the struggle for Ugandan gay rights”. He was not wrong. Seven months later a Ugandan newspaper published a picture of Kato alongside the headline: “Hang Them; They are after our kids”. A couple of months later Kato had been murdered.
David Kato might be gone, but the movement he nurtured in Uganda lives on. And so too does the need for its existence, both in Uganda and other places around the world. Inspired by our trip to the BFI Flare festival – which has showcased some remarkable films reflecting on the international struggle against homophobia – we here at /bent are starting a regular feature on global queer rights from the perspective of visual media. We want to provide a platform for filmmakers turning their cameras onto the struggle faced by so many LGBT people the world over. We’ll review films, interview activists and keep you up-to-date with all the ways visual media is representing this fight.
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