In this Monday, March 19, 2012 file photo, Sexual Minorities Uganda program coordinator Pepe Julian Onziema speaks in an interview with The Associated Press in Kampala, Uganda. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera, File)
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Now that Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed a new law imposing harsh sentences for gay sex, life is expected to become even more difficult for the country's homosexuals, including getting health care. The Ugandan government has issued assurances that health workers will not discriminate against homosexuals, but some gays say they are not confident about that.Onziema, who is one of the few openly gay Ugandans, said he and other homosexuals have experienced prejudice when seeking health care.Inflaming rampant anti-gay sentiment in this East African country, a Ugandan tabloid newspaper on Tuesday published a list of what it called the country's "200 top homosexuals," saying it wanted to expose gays and their sympathizers "in salutation to the new-anti-gay law".Uganda's new anti-gay law prescribes life imprisonment for those convicted of engaging in gay sex.
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