Kato was one of the men targeted in a front page story in the Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone last October. Under the headline "Hang them: 100 Pictures of Uganda's Top Homos Leak", the paper published the names and addresses of 100 people, apparently urging readers to attack and kill them. At the time it was reported that at least four people were attacked and several more forced into hiding.
It's a truly horrific story, and a reminder of what those campaigning for gay rights in Uganda (who include many humanists) are up against. We can only hope that this strengthens their resolve, and a press release from Sexual Minorities Uganda suggests that this will be the case. Speaking about Kato's death, their executive director Frank Mugisha said:
"No form of intimidation will stop our cause. The death of David will only be honored when the struggle for justice and equality is won. David is gone and many of us will follow, but the struggle will be won Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and the entire Ugandan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Community stands together to condemn the killing of David Kato and call for the Ugandan Government, Civil Society, and Local Communities to protect sexual minorities across Uganda."