When Giulio Spatola won the title Mr. Gay Europe in April 2011 he dedicated the title to African gay activist David Kato Kisule.

Today – on January 26 – it is one year since the African gay activist David Kato Kisule was brutally murdered outside his home.

Giulio and the Mr. Gay Europe organization want to remind you all what happen and to honor the memory of David Kato Kisule. The fight for gay rights is also a fight for human rights.

The facts:

David Kato Kisule (February 13, 1964 – January 26, 2011) was a Ugandan teacher and LGBT rights activist, considered a father of Uganda’s gay rights movement. He served as advocacy officer for Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). Kato was murdered in 2011, shortly after winning a lawsuit against a magazine which had published his name and photograph identifying him as gay and calling for him to be executed.

Accused murderer Sidney Nsubuga Enoch was found guilty and sentenced to 30 years in prison on 10 November 2011 by Mukono High Court judge Joseph Mulangira. American activist Melanie Nathan, writing to the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, called the prosecution’s rendering of events leading to the murder as “a cover-up of the actual facts and events leading up to Kato’s brutal murder”.

Read more on Wikipedia.