We are starting a series today of seriously influential LGBT persons whose accomplishments deserve to be acknowledged.
Today we are highlighting Frank Mugisha, a Ugandan LGBT activist. Dr. Mugisha is one of the leading LGBT advocates in Uganda, a country where homosexuality is against the law. He works as the executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and advocates for behalf of homosexual citizens who may be facing jail time or even death for being gay.
Mugisha knew he was gay at an early age and had the courage as a child to come out to his family at only 14 years old. However, many in his family turned away and shunned him. When he was older, he decided to found an organization that would help and support Ugandan youth who were struggling with the coming out process. The group is called Icebreakers Uganda, and it has helped many young people immensely.
He is well known for stating: “I am a gay man. I am also Ugandan. There is nothing un-African about me.”
Dr. Frank Mugisha works tirelessly against the LGBT hatred that is so prevalent in his country.
“For me, it is about standing out and speaking in an environment where you are not sure if you will survive the next day; it is this fear that makes me strong, to work hard and fight on to see a better life for LGBTI persons in Uganda.”