News has finally reached us that Paul Weatherly passed on August 23, 2012 following a prolonged illness. He apparently succumbed to kidney and heart failure. I didn’t know it myself but he apparently didn’t keep it much of a secret that he was living with HIV.
Paul Weatherly was a great friend of Uganda and was quite instrumental in steeling the backbone of what was then a nascent gay movement in Uganda 10-15 years ago.
No, he didn’t promote homosexuality as detractors like to argue; he encouraged the gay men and women in Uganda who were trying to form pressure groups to fight for gay rights to keep going. One of the Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) founders has intimated that Weatherly was “key in the foundation” of that organization.
Among the relatives that we know of, Paul is survived by an 87-year-old mother.
You have fought the good fight.