Ugandan LGBT activists celebrate David Kato on Kuchu Memorial Day

Human rights defenders in Uganda have earmarked Jan. 26 as Kuchu Memorial Day to remember and celebrate the life of David Kato and other LGBT human rights defenders killed because of their activism and sexuality.

From the African Human Rights Media Network

Pastor Simon Anthony addresses the Kuchu Memorial Day service in Kampala. Kasha Nabagesera stands beside him. (UhspaUganda photo)

By Kikonyogo Kivumbi

At a memorial church service on Sunday, Jan. 26, in Kampala, human rights defenders paid tribute to David Kato (RIP), who was brutally murdered on Jan. 26, 2011, at his home in the Mukono district near Kampala.

Human rights defenders at the Kuchu Memorial Day service in Kampala. (UhspaUganda photo)

Kato was killed a few weeks after he helped to secure a court injunction against a Ugandan tabloid that had printed the names, photographs and addresses of gay Ugandans, including Kato, with the tagline “Hang them.”

The remembrance service was led by Pastor Simon Anthony, a senior pastor from The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM) Uganda.

The fellowship embraces all people with love, irrespective of their sexuality or any other considerations.

Kasha Nabagesera, one of the founding members of the Ugandan LGBT movement, spoke passionately about Kato’s work and the need to love one another, drawing from Kato’s inspiration and exemplary life.

She said many LGBT persons are suffering in silence and need to work together and overcome the fears and challenges they face in life.

The organizers of the Kuchu Memorial Day hope to make it an annual event.

Pastor Simon Anthony leading the Kuchu Memorial Day service in Kampala. (UhspaUganda photo)