Clare Byarugaba, the 2014 Oak Human Rights Fellow at Colby, is a prominent advocate for LGBT rights in Uganda, where there is widespread anti- gay fervor and a law was passed that outlawed homosexuality and promotion of it. She continued to work under threat of arrest and violence, and her photograph was published in a popular Ugandan tabloid, identifying Byarugaba as “a gay recruiter.” She is spending the fall semester at Colby, where her presence was immediately felt. Byarugaba was interviewed by Colby Magazine this summer, prior to a court ruling in August that the anti-gay law was invalid. The law is expected to be proposed again next year at the time of Uganda’s national elections.


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