Ugandan youth worker says that people are gay because of unemployment

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A youth worker in Uganda has suggested that young men have sex with one another because they have no jobs. These are hardly comparable concepts and sex is not a substitution for work (if you are not a sex worker, of course, but there are no legal gay male sex workers in Uganda – homosexuality and prostitution are both illegal in this country), so what was the reason for the worker to say so? Ishahak Mugema also said he wants the government to open more factories for youths to work in, and suggested that this would keep young people away from same-sex activity, which, he believes, is encouraged and even funded from abroad. Mugema – who is the youth councillor for the Luweero district – also said that a decay in moral values was making young people gay. The comments were made in relation to a study completed by the Makerere University school of public health which looked at rates of homosexuality in one town. 33 young people in the town reported that they had engaged in same-sex sexual activity in the study, which was conducted in June.

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