Daredevil - A Tribute to David Kato Kisule
Judge Giles’ evil gavel.
Ominous echo in my ears,
As he ripped our queer masks.
And under the dark gloomy clouds
An eerie breeze stealthily wandered,
Taunting our naked kuchu faces,
Sneering our sad kuchu hearts
Fear, Fright, Flight!
Lo, our father,
David Kato Kisule!
His feisty spirit prowled,
Undaunted, loud and proud
Daring to wrestle the evil wind,
To maim and kill her loathsome spirit.
Fighting to free our queer hearts to love
To douse our queer faces hues of pride.
Twenty sixth January, twenty eleven,
An evil gavel smashed the daredevil.
Grief courts the rainbow children,
But your spirit that dwells us,
Repels her dreary fuss.
We miss you David.
Rest in power.
About David Kato Kisule
Born in 1964, David was perturbed by the consistent promotion of the perception that there were no gay people in Uganda. Having recently returned to Uganda from a short teaching stint in South Africa in 1998, David dared the intolerance and stigma in this conservative nation and he called a press conference and announced he was gay!
He was promptly arrested for a week and he became very recklessly resolute in liberating the gay people, thereby sowing the seeds for a fearless gay rights movement in the East African region.
Kato was among 100 people whose names and photographs were published in October 2010 by Rolling Stone, a Ugandan tabloid. The article called for the execution of the homos, with the caption: Hang them!
David, together with Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera and Pepe Julian Onziema filed a case against the newspaper which they won. Three weeks after the ruling in their favor, David was bludgeoned to death at his home in Mukono in the morning of January 26th 2011. We miss this Daredevil!