Lilian Ikulmet, the former head of Uganda’s female rugby team has been granted asylum in Germany after facing harassment and violence in her home country after sports officials learned she’s a lesbian.
Ikulmet, the former captain of the She Cranes team, told German news service, DW News, that she had been raped, beaten and discriminated against by men for being gay.
According to BehindTheMask.org:
The Ugandan tabloid, Red Pepper, reported Thursday in Kampala that, “She was the captain of the all conquering Kyadondo Rugby Club-based Thunderbirds Women’s Team… The rugger chick who carries a scar on the face and wears short, spiky dreadlocks explained that it was inevitable to quit Uganda saying, ‘the men told me: Until you stop being a lesbian, we will continue to do this to you.’ The former Daily Monitor sports reporter frequented Europe at the height of her career until she stopped writing for unknown reasons.”
Ikulmet hopes she can now come out of hiding in a gay hostel and look for her own apartment now.
And then? Simply enough, Ikulmet wants only to live a quiet, productive life with her loved ones. She wants to find a job and apply for a visa for her girlfriend, whom she hopes to marry.