Pathbreakers: Piya Chattopadhyay in conversation with Dr. Frank Mugisha and Justice Monica Mbaru

Location: Edward Johnson Building MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto 80 Queens Park Circle

In a 2014 piece in The Guardian, Frank Mugisha argued that Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill, and similar pieces of legislation being considered in other parts of Africa, are the result of Western influences, stating: I am a gay man. I am also Ugandan. There is nothing un-African about me. Uganda is where I was born, grew up and call my home. It is also a country in which I have become little more than an unapprehended criminal because of whom I love. I want my fellow Ugandans to understand that homosexuality is not a western import and our friends in the developed world to recognise that the current trend of homophobia is.

This panel, featuring two leading LGBTI human rights activists from Africa in conservation with CBC host Piya Chattopadhyay, will explore the current state of affairs for LGBTI people in Uganda and Kenya. It will tell the complicated story of race, colonialism, and homophobia in Africa, while also considering the role countries including Canada should play in the fight for global LGBTI equality.

To get tickets, please come to the WPHRC14 Registration Desk between June 25-27th 9:00-1:30pm located in the main lobby of University College, 15 Kings College Circle. If you are unable to secure tickets before 1:30pm, you may join our rush line at the venue door.

This event is free and open to the public

Accessibility information: The space is wheelchair accessible and ASL interpretation will be provided.