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A short documentary about gay Ugandan refugees in The Netherlands, who fled their home country due to anti gay laws in Uganda. I hereby send you the link of the video on Vimeo.

http://vimeo.com/98122540
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evaristy (user currently living in TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF) posted for gay readers on 03/05/2014
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I remember I was 7 years old when I started being a gay when my cousin used to do it against my willing,I didn't know what I was doing back then and I was afraid to tel my gurdians coz the one was doing it was their son and they love him so much and I was just a nobody to them,I couldn't get a chance to be living with my real parents coz they was separated and my uncle desideto take me so. That I can live with him,, after I reach age of 14 yyears old I started to like it, some times I used to ask my cousin to do it frequents,now I'm 27 years old and I'm suffering frrom being a gay,every were I work when they found out I'm a gay I get fired and up to now I don't have any work,sometimes I think of opening my own busness but I don't have that capital to do it,please guys help me with that ,tel me what to do . Here my email : jevaristy@hotmail.com
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evaristy (user currently living in TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF) posted for gay readers on 03/05/2014
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I remember I was 7 years old when I started being a gay when my cousin used to do it against my willing,I didn't know what I was doing back then and I was afraid to tel my gurdians coz the one was doing it was their son and they love him so much and I was just a nobody to them,I couldn't get a chance to be living with my real parents coz they was separated and my uncle desideto take me so. That I can live with him,, after I reach age of 14 yyears old I started to like it, some times I used to ask my cousin to do it frequents,now I'm 27 years old and I'm suffering frrom being a gay,every were I work when they found out I'm a gay I get fired and up to now I don't have any work,sometimes I think of opening my own busness but I don't have that capital to do it,please guys help me with that ,tel me what to do . Here my email : jevaristy@hotmail.com
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Bible! (user currently living in TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 19/02/2014 +3
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Know that what you're doing is against the rights of humanity! This website and whoever is behind this site is absolutely shameless to support and protect crimes like homosexuality.

Educate yourselves and identify your sickness, look for a cure and live your lives like normal people. Don't you feel disgusted acting like animals? Stupid people like yourselves are making fool out of your religions and societies.

Homosexuality should definitely be banned and strict measures should be taken to stop the spreading of this disease, polluting the coming generation.

Useless idiots! Your hands are full of innocent blood!
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adrielle (user currently living in TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF) posted for lesbian transgender readers on 22/01/2014 +5
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I came to terms with my sexuality as a lesbian when i reached the age of 19 which was last year ihave never liked man and it was the cause of all my failex relationships, i notice girls and my first crush at the age of 12 was a girl yeap,its hard for me because my family is really religious and the will kill me if they find out,id really love to get to know other girls like me because honestly i do really need people who can understand me..its so hard being in the closet i just want to sometimes shout to the world that I LIKE GIRLS!!
If you want to get to know me here is my email adriellelee123@gmail.com
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karibumsaky (user currently living in TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF) posted for bisexual readers on 05/12/2013
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natafuta wanawake wanaopenda kuchezea mikundu ya wanaume plzzz if ua there contact me through karibumsaky@gmail.com. am in tanzania living in dar es salaam, kinondoni district
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lesbian (user currently living in TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF) posted for lesbian readers on 14/11/2013 tagged with human rights
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Dear lesbians....well I would like to thank the author of this Blog where by lesbians are free to share their opinions,,views and experiences as lesbians in Tanzania

Let me use the name “CLAUDIA“
I am a lesbian aged 27 living in Dar es salaam Tanzania,,,,,I recognise myself as a lesbian since I become matured..I always interested with girls and wish to make love with

I grow up with this strong feelings till now and iam facing a real hardship in my life no one wants us,,everybody abuses us but I keeps on hiding my true feeling so tha no one knows that I am a lesbian but deep inside I know who I real am

I never date with any boy although
They disturbs me a lot but I ignore them cz I don't feel them at all
I got a Germanish lady mixture Tanzanian who real understands my feelings and we live as couples with full of enjoyment but outside of the society out there they know nothing about us cz we preffer to do in a secrecy ways

I ready an article of one of aninymous above named “ANNA“ am verry impressed with her story and wish to met u my dear....why u pretend to got marie while u don't enjoy that life?oh am so sad of u m dear please do things which makes u happy don't pretend to live under ones shadow please atlist u were decided to live alone and enjoys your life like me although no ones knows that cz I do it in a verry secrecy way

Dear ANNA in wherever u read my artical please don't hesitate to write back to me....I know how u feels and I feels your pain and I don't want u to continour to bear that painful please....communicate with me we can share everthing and u will be happy as other hiden lesbians over there

My fake email is
tatianareyes49@yahoo.com

Contact me on that fake email,,as u know I can't explode my identity here DEAR ANNA and I will be there for you,,,,I want u to be happy your happiness is my happiness too I think u knows how lesbians do cared for eachother

We as lesbians faced lots of hardship in Tanzania but we keep on hiding as the only way to be survive..!!

Only lesbians who faced the same thing that we faced in Tanzania please just email me on
Email tatianareyes49@yahoo.com

Thanks
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Hi. Am going to use the name *ANNA* am 30 years old woman, working and living the life am expected to live by society.Am i lesbian woman who is married in order not to bring, what my father calls shame to the family. i even have a child.

My country bans and makes it unlawful to be gay and it saddens me that am in the legal sector and i watch as this law that affects me operate.

I live in a closet, afraid of each day that someone somewhere will report me and if am caught. I have refrained from having any relations with other women for fear of what repercussion maybe involved.

Am thinking of living my marriage and relocating because i do not want to live this fake life anymore, my husband has no clue as to my sexual orientation and my father made me swear never to ever reveal it. My mother pretends like she does not know yet she does.

i live a life of solitude, praying each day that my day will come when i will live free to love who i want and how i want. I teach my child every day not to judge people yet i live a lie.

My life,my story, my everyday routine.
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James Wandera Ouma (user currently living in TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF) posted for gay readers on 25/12/2011 tagged with gender identity
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WEZESHA urges the Tanzanian Government to act immediately on recommendations made by the British Premier David Cameron to better protect against discrimination and amend Sections 154 to 157 of the Penal Code of Tanzania that makes homosexual acts between men an illegal offense punishable with a maximum of fourteen years' imprisonment (1993, 332), it is a violation of human rights.
The significant limitations in Tanzania’s protection of human rights are the non-compliance with its international human rights obligations and the absence of protection against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and inability of same-sex couples to marry.
Tanzania must be held accountable for failing to recognize marriage equality rights for all couples regardless of their sex, sexuality or gender identity.� The Government should act immediately on the recommendations made by David Cameron and amend the Marriage Act to ensure all people can marry because Marriage is a civil institution, governed by secular laws.
There must be specific anti-discrimination laws to protect people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Tanzanian Government makes commitments that will ensure the existence of anti-discrimination law to benefit all Tanzanians
We also call for further reforms to ensure the legal recognition of children living in same-sex families, because under international law, children are to be afforded legal recognition and protection, regardless of their family structure. As such, all adoption and surrogacy laws should not be permitted to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.�
WEZESHA strongly encourages bipartisan support for the implementation of the recommendations to ensure effective human rights protection for all sex, sexuality and gender diverse people in Tanzania.
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James Wandera Ouma (user currently living in TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF) posted for gay readers in response to this story on 25/12/2011 tagged with human rights
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Dear Ally
I`m James Wandera the founder of WEZESHA an LGBT organization in Tanzania just send me an email, wandera@wezeshatz.org or vist our website you will get all our contacts there. www.wezeshatz.org.
We are here to help you live a better life as Gay.
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steven kasiko (user currently living in NEW ZEALAND) posted for gay lesbian bisexual intersex readers in response to this story on 15/08/2011 tagged with at the work place, teaching lgbt rights in schools, hate crime and violence prevention
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Its better you try to get help from some LGBT communities in Tanzania.I understand the situation you are going through its unfair for you to work and then pay someone how is taking advantage because of you being a homosexual and i know our situation in Africa concerning with homosexuality.Let us come out and condemne such acts.We should request to decriminilse homosexuality in East Africa like in Rwanda
Steven kasiko
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ali (user currently living in TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF) posted for gay readers on 06/08/2011 +5
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hi my name is ali, am arab gay guy born in tanzania and am very discreet about it, i have seen people writting there stories here i dont know if they get help but i will give it a try coz i came here online looking for help, am 31yrs old now and like 5 years ago i meet one guy online and he lied to me that he was gay so i trusted him and i introduced him personally to my family as a friend and i even showed him our house and that was a big mistake on my part becouse after that he asked me to give him money or else he will tell my family and the police that am gay, and am very scared of him everytime he will come to collect money from me, so now am just working to give him money i cant save any thing and am very scared please help me or advice me please what to do thanks my email is manadimo@hotmail.com
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there are ppl being arrested for homosexuality. for sexual intercourse as well as for being an activist. some of the activists are well known by the police, and they really have huge lack of sponsors. the foreign organizations nearly all except three dont want to support them and life is really hard. The Legal human rights centre in dar es salaam does not want to help them. they once told a transgender person to go away. he later got killed. society shows extraordinary huge homophobia.
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In Tanzania being LGBT is an offence that one can face up to 35rs in prison, though no one have been jailed so far but the life is not that good.
religious houses and leaders are againist LGBT, this makes the whole community go againist us.
We are not accepted, not recognized, stigmatized and discriminated. We really have no support from NGOs both local and international, not even human rights activists.
We are crying for help from our fellow friend worldwide join us we want our rights in Tanzania.
WEZESHA work to promote and protect the rigbhts of LGBT in Tanzania
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ssebowa (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for lesbian readers on 10/06/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention
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comment about the deportion of a Tanzania gayits unfair to gays in Africa this is serious hate against gays then were is our safe haven The problem with most of these people they do not know what is happening in Africa the community its self can do anything on a gay its better you get clear information before UK judges make decision I doubt whether some one from Africa can just come and claim to be GAY yet he is not depending on the way gays are hated discrimated the reputation of the family is left at stake.so its unfair and some times these are not interviews as they claim its an interrogation as if you are a criminal.and mind you some these judges are against gays so do not expect afair sentecnce from them. the only thing is geting rid of you from sebowa Uganda
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Dear friends all over the world here in Tanzania life is becoming more difficult for LGBTI community.
There is an increase of stigma and discrimination especially to Gays/ MSM. We Gay people now hide our identity due to fear of stigma and rejection.
Religiuos leaders are fueling the stigma and rejection they are actually making things worse. It is evidend that Gays are being mocked when they pass around, are not need in the neibourhood and are not welcome in any religious house.
Our efforts to fight stigma are being tramatized by the laws and poliecies that criminalize LGBTI people.
All HIV/AIDS interventions discrimiante LGBTI comunity, no one is ready to support prevention initiatives among LGBT comunity. Yesterday I was talking to an officer who is incharge oh HIV at CONCERN and She said they can not give their funds to people who do not know God.
It is sad,
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Zungu (user currently living in TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF) posted for gay readers on 09/04/2011 +5
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I was arested by police officers taken to Mabatini Police Station and was told to suck the dicks of three policemen.
Because of fear I tried my best but it was very terible.
Tanzania is very worse, LGBT experience alot of problems, including names like kaka poa, Shoga, Msenge and many abusive names.
There is stigma in the families.
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James (user currently living in TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF) posted for gay readers on 24/02/2011
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I am an LGBT in Tanzania who face high level of stigma and discrimination, I`m not accepted in my family,community and the entire society.
I can not buy my needs in the neighbourhood because I am a gay, I have no friends in the neighbourhood.
Some times the police aresst me but they have never charged but waste my time and release me.
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A young man aged 24 was aresited by policemen while in a hotel with his sex partner and he was badly beaten just because of his sex orientation
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