"An outspoken Ugandan gay activist whose picture recently appeared in an anti-gay newspaper under the headline “Hang Them” was beaten to death in his home, Ugandan police said on Thursday", the International Herald Tribune reports.
The paper says "David Kato, the activist, was one of the most visible defenders of gay rights in a country so homophobic that government leaders have proposed to execute gay people. Mr. Kato and other gay people in Uganda had recently warned that their lives were endangered, and four months ago a local paper called Rolling Stone published a list of gay people, and Mr. Kato’s face was on the front page."
It wasn't always this way in Uganda. Homophobia has been whipped up by an American hate preacher who runs anti-gay rallies where murdering gays is openly encouraged.
Local thugs (that's the police), who offered Kato no protection, claim his murder wasn't homophobic - they'd previously said he could bring his death upon himself by flaunting his evil ways.