Final month the Ugandan parliament handed an anti-homosexuality invoice that meant anybody who identifies as LGBT might face life in jail.
That half has now been eliminated in a barely watered down model but it surely’s nonetheless one of many hardest items of anti-gay laws in Africa.
The brand new invoice – which hasn’t been signed into regulation by the president but – has been closely criticised by worldwide human rights teams.
It prescribes the loss of life penalty for what it calls aggravated offences similar to baby abuse.
And landlords who knowingly lease premises for gay acts threat going to jail for seven years.
Final month, the BBC got access to secret shelters in Uganda the place LGBT individuals have sought refuge after being kicked out of their houses.
Now Newsbeat has spoken to 2 younger individuals who’ve fled the East African nation for neighbouring Kenya due to the robust new legal guidelines.
‘One thing evil has been put into society’
Diane* – who’s in her 20s – was outed after individuals raised suspicions about her girlfriend and went by way of her telephone.
She says her companion was brutally overwhelmed, together with by her personal father, earlier than they got here for her and beat her too.
“The daddy got here with two different males, they began beating us,” she says.
“Once I got here to my senses I realised that they had closed the door and went with the keys.
“They locked us in the home for 3 days.”
The couple ultimately managed to contact a good friend from the LGBT neighborhood who got here to rescue them.
“He needed to bust the padlock with some cutters,” Diane says.
“They discovered us with a number of bruises, we could not stroll effectively as a result of we have been terribly overwhelmed.
“We needed to depart my place within the evening as a result of we could not depart in daytime.
“They began in search of us, the safety personnel, so we needed to conceal there [at the friend’s house].”
The good friend let the couple stick with him for per week however this was across the time the anti-homosexuality bill was going through parliament in March.
Diane says they knew they weren’t protected so took the chance of reaching out for assistance on TikTok and Twitter.
They got here throughout the Twitter account of Trans Rescue – which helps individuals escape from harmful locations all over the world – who helped them get to Kenya safely.
“It’s a scary factor to depart all you have recognized – with nothing – and attempt to begin once more,” she says.
“One thing evil has been put into society. We might be attacked, we might not be protected, Uganda will not be protected.”
‘Run for my life’
Jeff* is one other Ugandan who fled to Kenya after being outed as homosexual.
He was at a convention when his boss noticed him speaking to a different man who was later arrested for being homosexual.
Jeff, who’s a health care provider practising drugs, was requested to clarify his connection to the person.
Very like Diane, he says his employers made him unlock his telephone and went by way of his messages, earlier than he was instructed he could not keep in his put up.
The rumours then reached his landlord who kicked him out as a result of the brand new invoice stops him from with the ability to lease a property.
“After being outed and the rumours began spreading, I could not transfer through the day,” he says.
“If I moved through the day individuals have been in search of me.
“That very day after I went again house, I did not sleep in the home.”
Jeff, who’s in his early 30s, says he could not talk together with his household and needed to try to survive with out work and someplace to dwell.
“These individuals who have been in search of me simply to hold out mob justice, to beat me, they have been simply across the clinic the place I used to be working,” he says.
“That is why I could not transfer through the day.”
Jeff says he felt he could not belief anybody so needed to “take the chance and run for my life”.
Homosexual intercourse is prohibited in Kenya below legal guidelines launched when it was below British colonial rule – and its excessive courtroom rejected an try to overturn these in 2019.
However Jeff says he now feels safer there and would not see how he might ever return to Uganda.
“I consider going again to Uganda will not be protected as a result of there is no method I might reside there,” he says.
He feels the Ugandan parliament sees homosexuality as “a risk to their tradition” and will not be simply swayed by worldwide disapproval.
Each Jeff and Diane agree that they need a future freed from discrimination and victimisation – even whether it is unlikely to be in Uganda.
“I actually simply wish to dwell freely,” says Diane.
She says she has witnessed abusive behaviour and “finger-pointing”, with LGBT individuals being referred to as “devils” by passers-by, and needs to flee this.
Jeff agrees: “I simply must dwell someplace the place I am free to train my rights.”
He says preserving your sexuality a secret takes a heavy toll.
“You are simply hiding out, you must do every thing with out anybody realizing about it,” he says.
“You will simply be hiding your sexuality which may trigger you main trauma.”
*Names have been modified to guard identities