The Ugandan Government claims: US sanctions over anti-gay law hits vulnerable hardest
If there's anyone who knows about hitting vulnerable people, it's the Ugandan Government. They even beat up peaceful protesters.
Whereas it's true that persecuting LGBT people is bad for the economy:
Since passing laws mandating the life in prison for “homosexual acts” in February, Uganda has seen its currency weaken considerably, with US dollars now costing nearly 6% more since the day the law was signed.
Much of the aid money is being re-routed to local NGOs, working directly with vulnerable people, rather than continuing to go to politicians who corruptly pocket the money for a new mansion or a BMW.
It's a bit of a change of tune for a government that was only a few weeks ago saying 'we don't need international aid.'