Buzzfeed obtained a leaked draft copy of Uganda's new anti-gay bill from human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo, who also worked on the previous case that overturned the last Ugandan anti-gay bill. It remains unclear when the new bill will be formally introduced to Parliament.
In Aug. 2014, around 150 lawmakers agreed to support a bill banning homosexual acts. The action came days after Uganda's top court nullified the previous anti-gay law. Lawmakers then said the measure would be treated as a "national priority."
The illegal act of the Speaker tainted the process and rendered it a nullity.
- Uganda Constitutional Court
Uganda's Constitutional Court sided with gay activists in Aug. 2014, declaring the previous anti-gay law unconstitutional and void. The court, which didn't rule on the substance of the law, said the speaker of Uganda's parliament had not followed proper procedures by passing the bill in a session that lacked a quorum.
Ugandan LGBT people held their first pride parade in Aug. 2014 following the court's ruling. Many wore masks to hide their identify for fear of violence. Gay activist Moses Kimbugwe said the demonstrators, which numbered less than 200, were there to "walk for those who can't walk, who are afraid to walk."
Uganda's gay community launched a magazine called Bombastic in early 2015 that seeks to "speak for the many voiceless." The free 72-page publication includes articles and poems, some of which are written under pseudonyms. A total of 15,000 copies were initially printed and distributed by hand across the country.
Gay Ugandans hope new magazine will rewrite wrongs by tackling homophobia
Ugandan President Museveni in February signed into law a bill that toughened already strict legislation against gay people. A panel from Museveni's party concluded that people are not born gay. Museveni has said that gay people are abnormal and that some lesbians may be suffering from "sexual starvation."
The Ugandan government paid U.S. public relations firm Scribe Strategies and Advisors $262,000 to push back against negative publicity surrounding its anti-gay law, according to a report in late March in Uganda's Observer.
Uganda paid US public relations firm 'to clean up image' after anti-gay bill
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said in mid-May after the anti-homosexuality law passed, there was a noticeable increase of "arbitrary arrests, police abuse and extortion, loss of employment, evictions and homelessness." They said services by health providers for LGBT scaled back for fear of prosecution.
The original draft bill of the now-nullified legislation called for executing anyone found to have performed homosexual acts. That provision was eventually dropped. In Nov. 2013, the European Court of Justice ruled LGBT people who fear persecution in Uganda are eligible for asylum in the EU.