In March 2009, three American Evangelicals traveled to Uganda for a conference on “the gay agenda” to speak about curing homosexuality. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was proposed just a few months later and introduced some of the harshest punishments in the world for homosexuals. It calls for lifetime imprisonment for all LGBT people, death to homosexuals who are HIV positive and prison for any Ugandan who fails to report LGBT Ugandans within 24 hours of the Bill passing.
Despite the security risks, Ugandan activists are raising the alarm about this human rights abuse. While the future status of the Bill is uncertain, homophobia is still rampant in Uganda. In January 2012, prominent human rights activist David Kato was killed outside his home in a shocking hate crime that made headlines across the world.
Northwestern University graduate Alyssa Eisenstein traveled to Uganda in the spring of 2010 to hear from these inspiring men and women. With interviews from LGBT activists, legal and political authorities, university students, village leaders and even a traditional healer, "Breaking the Chains" profiles these activists as they tell this story in their own words.
Funded by the Eric Lund Global Research and Reporting Grant at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.