Demand Justice David Kato
Demand Justice David Kato

New York City
IGLHRC would like to thank everyone who came out to the vigil and procession to honor slain Ugandan activist David Kato yesterday in New York. We estimate the crowd was over 200 people in New York. On an icy February night, that says a lot about how much David’s death has impacted us all.

The speakers included Amanda Lugg, Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Cary Alan Johnson, Val Kalende, Daniel Dromm,Christine Quinn, Cheikh Traore, Rev. Kapya Kaoma, and Pastor Joseph Tolton. Note, part of Val’s presentation included text from the blog SpectraSpeaks.

We would also like to thank all the cosponsoring organizations, of which there were over 40, and the inspiring and courageous speakers who brought context and meaning to this critical moment and gave voice to the LGBT movement’s grief and anger in the wake of David’s death. In particular, IGLHRC would like to thank Val Kalende, of Freedom and Roam Uganda, for traveling to NYC at this difficult time, for so powerfully naming this tragedy, and for helping to guide us in our grief and activism. As Val said, “David belongs to all of us now.”

Val Kalende, Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG)
Val Kalende, Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG)

Event Details and Sponsoring Organizations

Letter delivered to Uganda House on behalf of 25 organizations

More pictures available here.

See Joe.My.God for more photos and coverage of the vigil and procession.


Cape Town
In Cape Town, the vigil hosted by IGLHRC, Gender Dynamix, and AIDS Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) was attended by over 70 people. We gathered in the IDASA building – a venerable institution from the days of the anti-apartheid struggle. It was a fitting place for a memorial for a hero from this struggle. The message yesterday was one of fierce determination to continue struggling for our rights.

Below is a video of the candle light vigil, attendees singing of a song from the anti-apartheid days – which was and still is often sung at funerals: Senzenina – “What have we done.”