Gay BBC Reporter Scared Straight Out of Uganda
BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills said he was forced to flee Uganda while on assignment filming a documentary after he revealed he was gay to a prominent legislator.
Mills, working on a documentary called The World's Worst Place To Be Gay? for BBC television, outed himself to David Bahati—the author of Uganda's infamous "kill the gays" bill.
Mills said Bahati then "went mental."
Mills told AOL's U.K. celeb site:
"He was scary. He ordered us to cut the cameras then brought a security guard. We ran off, and he rang one of our guys saying, 'Where are they staying? What are the registration plates? I want them arrested. They won't get far.' "
Fortunately, Mills's contacts lied about their whereabouts, sending the police to the wrong hotel.
Uganda is notorious for its persecution of gays and lesbians, and Bahati is a poster boy for anti-gay politicians in the country—who have been influenced by American evangelical Christians.
Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda. Bahati and his allies at one point tried to make being gay punishable by death.
A Ugandan tabloid has published numerous front page articles naming local gays and lesbians and admonishing readers to "hang them." One targeted man was killed earlier this month, although police have not linked the murder to his homosexuality.