Professor, Researcher Reflects on Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Law of 2014

Professor, Researcher Reflects on Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Law of 2014

September 17, 2014

Hugo Kamya, Ph.D. and Simmons College School of Social Work professor, spoke to members of the Lasell community on September 16 about Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Law of 2014 and approaches to understanding the origins of the law.

Kamya has brought students and colleagues to interact and work with people in HIV/AIDS clinics in Uganda for years. He has also been involved in research on child and "granny-headed" families, and children of war.

Kamya spoke in a crowded Rosen Auditorium, explaining a universalist approach to understanding the law in Uganda, which was overturned in late August, that respects African culture.

The speaker reminded the audience that Uganda is one of many countries with laws on the books that limit the rights of homosexuals. He also stated that in order for dialogue to take place around the existance of such laws critics should not take a stance of superiority, which limits discussion.

His work in Uganda has culminated in serving on the Makula Fund for Children, an organization which provides tuition, medical attention and breakfast to children living with HIV. In 2004, he received a U.S. State Department Grant to conduct service learning Citizens Exchange project between U.S. and Uganda citizens.