We’ve seen a lot of advances for gay rights in the United States, from the president announcing his support for same-sex marriage, to an appeals court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.
But while those battles continue domestically, gay rights advocates are increasingly concerned about rampant homophobia abroad.
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine is a noted Hollywood actor and photographer, and has played roles in Blood Diamond, Treme, Heroes, and CSI. His recent one-man show Biro was about an HIV-positive Ugandan who entered the United States illegally to receive medical care.
Mwine is a first generation Ugandan-American, and recently spent six months in Uganda speaking with leaders in the LGBT movement. He turned those interviews into characters in his multimedia solo show, A Missionary Position. Mwine plays several roles, including a Ugandan government official, a transgender sex worker, a gay priest and a lesbian activist.
The show opens June 28 at REDCAT downtown, and Mwine recently spoke about it with KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis.