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Ugandan Tabloid Runs Photos Of Soccer Official ‘Sodomising Players’

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The Ugandan daily tabloid Red Pepper printed pictures today allegedly of Chris Mubiru, head of the Uganda National Football Team (the Cranes), “sodomizing players.” Gay Star News notes that the publication ran five such photos, with headlines like “MASTER AT WORK: Mubiru nails the boys butt” and “END GAME: The boy struggles to stand up after the bum shattering session.” The player is not identified, nor does anything confirm the validity of the pictures.

The pictures are clearly designed to stir up moral outrage as the nation’s Parliament considers the “kill the gays” Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which would assign life sentences or the death penalty for homosexual acts or knowledge thereof. Both Red Pepper and a similar magazine, Rolling Stone, have exposed Ugandan citizens they believe to be gays or lesbians, printing their names, photos, and even addresses. Gay activist David Kato was murdered just days after he was exposed by Rolling Stone.

Queerty points out that the photos published today are from (or or meant to resemble) a 2010 incident in which Mubiru supposedly gave a player an unwelcome massage.

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