Michael Stipe to honour Ugandan gay rights campaigner

Former R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe will celebrate the achievements of a leading Ugandan gay rights activist at an upcoming prizegiving for America’s Logo TV network. The bisexual rocker will salute John Abdallah Wambere, the head of the Spectrum Uganda Initiatives campaign group, at the New York bash next Monday (23Jun14), when pioneers in the gay rights movement will be honoured at the first-ever Trailblazers event.
The efforts of Wambere and his fellow equal rights activists were dealt a big blow last year (13) when Ugandan government officials passed the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, which makes same-sex relations in the country illegal. The crime carries a sentence of life imprisonment.
Meanwhile, Orange Is the New Black stars Laverne Cox and Lea DeLaria will also be feted at the ceremony, alongside Brooklyn Nets basketball star Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay man to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA) when he was signed last year (13).
The event will feature a performance from Australian singer/songwriter Sia, who will hit the stage with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.