Its produced in secret and under the cover of night. The people behind it take serious risks to produce it. But their fight for freedom and equality fuels them. Despite Uganda’s brutal anti homosexual culture, the magazine is produced and is distributed to educate the uneducated and showcase the proud and the brave.
It’s called Bombastic magazine, and within its pages are dozens of stories from Uganda’s socially, legally, and often violently oppressed sexual minority communities. In one story, a woman recalled concerns that surfaced in her office that she might be a lesbian because she declined sexual advances from her boss. Shortly after she saw her name printed in an anti-gay tabloid, she was fired. On another page, a transgender lesbian describes the onset of a deep depression when her body started to grow breasts.
“We wanted to reclaim our media space, as there is not a platform for us on TV or the radio,” he said. “There is also little access to internet across Africa, so we wanted to create something in print for the farmer at work in his field near Kampala, or the taxi driver who doesn’t have a radio.”