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ssemakula (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian readers on 19/07/2014 +5
After the Anti homosexual bill was signed into law by the Ugandan president, hate crimes against the LGBT community has really escalated with those affected committing suicide, getting murdered and even fleeing to neighboring countries. On a personal level, my partner was kidnapped tortured and had a whisky bottle forced into his rectum while the suspects urinated on him as he died. The police have not done anything in regard to this issue and we did not have anywhere to turn to as the media is also involved in demonizing LGBT relationships and even calling for hanging of those identified as gays. We are however willing to fight by living our lives and want to provide support systems like shelters/homes, counselling programmes for those that have tried to commit suicide, medical assistance for those assaulted as even some doctors are prejudice against us and also legal assistance for those arrested. We really need help wherever we can get and any amount would go along way at helping our cause. Please contribute through this link, your prayers will also be welcome as we try to fight this ignorance in our country. Thank you for reading through this. https://www.youcaring.com/other/help-the-lgbtq-family-in-uganda/206494
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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.

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Hi all, a short docu i made. Hope you all enjoy it, feel free to spread the word in support of our Gay Ugandan brothers:-), cheers, Patrick Buis


February 24, 2014, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni signed into law a controversial antigay bill. On first conviction for so-called homosexual acts, offenders face a 14 year prison sentence. Subsequent convictions for "aggravated homosexuality" could bring a penalty of life in prison.
A young Ugandan homosexual man, Julius Matovu, tells in an intimate one-on-one how and why he fled to The Netherlands. Where does he come from? What is the situation now and what are his dreams for the future?
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lilly (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual readers on 21/03/2014
Hallo everyone!
hope u good,as it is my wish to all of you!
This is a sad story from here,very strange about gay and lesbian.since the parlement aggres about the anti homosexual bill.
my landroad was report me to the police ,they took my girlfriend away,i ve been looking around i couldnt find her,one friend of mine called that they saw her at the police station,i went with my brother to see him at Kololo,and she told me to get out of the house imediatly.i was forced to go to another town left my job,my house.
and i had they dont want to see us(lesbian&gay;)anymore showing up.
because it is not allowed in Uganda,i moved from my appertement ,im somewhere else.anyone knows u report u.Hospital is a problem,our friends who are Hiv positif they couldnt get the medecine.u re afraid to show up anywhere they know you.We need help.Now i changed my email ,my phone number,my adress,Hpe things will get better then they change otherwise this political of East africa shows us that there is no where to go.
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Anti Homosexual Act (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 13/03/2014
Ugandan rights activists and politicians have filed a legal challenge to overturn a tough anti-gay law condemned by Western donors.

The law violated the rights of gay people and subjected them to "cruel and inhuman punishment", they said.

Several cases of "violence and retaliation" have been reported since President Yoweri Museveni signed the law last month, the activists added.

Uganda is a deeply conservative society where many people oppose gay rights.
There is only one thing I fear - living in a society that has no room for minorities�Fox Odoi Ugandan MP

It allows life imprisonment as the penalty for acts of "aggravated homosexuality" and also criminalises the "promotion of homosexuality"
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Chris Gay (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay readers on 02/03/2014 tagged with human rights
To whom it may concern! am Chris Gay, am GAY, please i need your protection on my right if am to continue staying in this country otherwise i have no where else to go, people are up against me....they want to kill me, what can i do, don't i have to use my civil rights? I can't move any how i mostly move at night keep indoors most of time, i be what i decide to be, it's not my choice to be a GAY but that's in born me and it's what i am! I need your help on a serious note and schedule an appointment with you please send me your address and contact details so as i contact you privately. or any one who can help me Contact me gaychris1@outlook.com
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we are facing alot of challeges here in Uganda now that the anti homosextuality was passed the people in the communities we leave are using it to harrass us more recently the day Museveni enacted the bill into law one of our own was killed through mob justice in a kampala surburb we appeal to the international community of the LGBT to give a helping and support the gay community in Uganda
many people would think leaving the country is a good option but i beleive in freedom in my our land
reach me by telephone +256754892440 or by email ssentongoherbert@gmail.com
together we will win
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Tem (user currently living in SOUTH AFRICA) posted for gay readers on 28/02/2014
am a Ugandan but has been working in South Africa for 4year,am a gay and my contract is finished i have to go back to Uganda in the next 2 months,please i need help because my life will be in danger if i go back to Uganda.please i need any help you can give me.hope to here from you soon.my email is temaugu@gmail.com
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fortune (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 28/02/2014 tagged with human rights, laws and leadership , religion +0
I just pity my fellow believers who claim to be holly that Uganda should stone the gay to death as life imprisonment is not enough like kimani maureen and so on i think God loves us the way we are!!, We are all children of God, Love one another is what the Godly prophets told us, Its only God to pass judgement, We all face the same Hell in case we sin; a chicken thief, a bank robber, a rapist, a gay, why always stick to personal issues instead of things which will help us develop? how comes a person claiming to be a believer in God/Allah preaches the gospel of punishment instead of guidance and counseling a believer supporting death which kind of Holly books do they have is this what our creator tells us to say or do to the so called sinners? tell me one person in this world who says or can stand out and say ME AM HOLLY ? sin is through thought, deeds etc , i think we should love to be together in spirit , etc otherwise the UGANDA'S GAY LAW HAS CLEARLY HELPED US TO SEE THE REAL HEARTS OF PEOPLE WHO CLAIM TO BE BELIEVERS AND HAVE BEEN TEACHING US THE GOSPEL OF LOVING ONE ANOTHER & FORGIVENESS; that none has come out to say these are our brothers and sisters who need love and counseling i thank the parliament of Uganda for bringing this testing yardstick to our self proclaimed believers otherwise LETS NOT MAKE GAY PEOPLE PRAY THAT;- OUR LORD GOD SAVIOR KINDLY SAVE US FROM YOUR BELIEVERS!! enjoy the discussions many have attacked OBAMA, DESMOND TUTU and so on but all these are the same people they have been praising for doing good but why this time on minority rights of gay people in Uganda when they came out now they are being opposed even some wishing them death? THE GAY WE ARE ACCUSING WE SHALL EITHER FIND THEM IN HEAVEN OR HELL TOGETHER . because ai think a persons going to HEAVEN is not determined by his long term deeds but his last deeds on earth at the last time of life on earth like have you accepted jesus or Allah as your God? i mean have you repented your sins so what if a gay person repents his or her sins on the last minute you a believer fails coz you died of an abrupt car accident who then to go to HELL OR HEAVEN the gay you treated badly on earth or you the believer / hypocrite ? lets preach a gospel of reconcilliation with one another not hatred because after the gay then prostitutes, then corrupt ones, then liars, then robbers and thieves and at last they will come for you..so where will the world be looking like 10years head? be blessed all.
edrine is an independent human rights activists , lawyer by professional, corporate business consultant, researcher on legal and social issues, christian by choice, find me on facebook; fortune edrine, tweeter;fortune edrine;email;kedrine@yahoo.com, watsup;+256705815279 i always give people chance to be friends enemies to me accuse , support me coz we all live either by choice or chance so its your choice or chance to be like so towards me .
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fortune edrine (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 17/02/2014 tagged with teaching lgbt rights in schools, human rights
UGANDA MY MOTHERLAND DON’T KILL THE GAY PEOPLE –save them for the last dance on earth!!!
‘’People demand for freedom of speech to make up with
freedom of thought but rarely exercise this freedom
when granted… to me I will not waste it until death
knocks on my door’’!!!!!!!!!!!
Uganda is a British colony in the East of AFRICA and is believed to have over 31 number of people in its population out of it 500,000 people are gay who came out openly to declare but many more still out there …..!! this means the issue of GAY RIGHTS isnt a small issue but a bigger issue which need bigger brains but not senior six leavers’ to debate on it as parliamentarians other than contributing on the highest elite people (remember to qualify for a parliamentary seat you need to be a senior six leaver not even a diploma holder and these are the people planning for the whole Uganda comprising of professors, degree holders name it )
Gay activism is believed to have originated from the European countries call it the west but I entirely disagree with this !! gay activities are as old as human kind even JESUS OR PHB . MUHAMMED found it on earth though never tempered with it, they were among us before the Europeans started invading the ounce called DARK CONTINENT (AFRICA) so this is not imported behavior because among the African kingdoms very strong men were encouraged to serve in the king’s palace as security guards and these were either castrated or refused to marry or engage in sexual activities but only to remain royal to the king as getting married would divert their minds to their families than the king’s security so as a result since you can not tame the body’s desires men could engage into anal sex which was more accessible to them with fellow men than vaginal sex which was scarce!!!! Some of the kingdoms included Buganda, Bunyoro, Dahome, Zulu , Wanga to mention but a few!! Now do not say gay behaviors are foreign!!

I strongly believe that gay people to some extent are born not made….and so am a Ugandan and God fearing am not a gay person but I will not sleep when am seeing the minority being discriminated upon, given inhumane treatment , their properties being vandalized, physical abuse exercised on them because they are gay !!!! NO WAY I strongly believe that they have aright to living a peaceful life so fellow Muslims and Christians in Uganda don’t kill the gay people!!

Same sex is more rampant in single sex schools because they are tightly guarded and students cannot run to get the different sex when their bodies demand for sexual intercourse many students from single schools prophesize this that same sex is available 24/7;
“ You can avoid reality but you can not avoid the consequences of avoiding reality
that’s why however, much you avoid your children from sex they get the same sex
activities to satisfy their body desires in single sex schools!!”
so if all this act has been happening then why bring such a bill …”KILL THE GAY PEOPLE” … I REALLY OPPOSE IT IN THE STRONGEST TERMS that its totally inhumane, degrading treatment, sign of backwardness, a disrespect to human rights principles, lack of proper civilization and hypocrisy of the highest order ever thought about before being exercised by religious leaders and others.

“ opposite sex is superior to same sex”
Fine and very good however, the majority shouldn’t oppress the minority and shouldn’t be a yardstick to judge the gay people who are the minority and it sounds silly and unfair to propose a vote on such a gender based sensitive issue!!! Knowing that the gay people are the minority..if so why is it that opposition always opposes voting on some political issues in some issues …? Simple answer because they know that they are the minority in parliament but now why do you want to vote on another issue knowing your brothers and sisters are the minority in society ?.. Uganda be fair to your children!!!.
To test a country’s civilization need only to visit its prisons so;
“ the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons”
The poorer being few in number here I mean the minority compared to the majority or rich the more likely that the minority will rot in prisons hence filling them to capacity than the rich or majority who can bribe their way out.!

“ lack of well researched information on gay activities in Uganda”
Uganda lacks enough whys, hows, whats, whichs,whos, wheres whens,whoses as I may say on this issues most people who have tried to carry out research on the gay issues are mostly religious leaders who are already biased with perverted minds so what do you expect from such research results ..when doing social research at Makerere law school my lecturer advised me that to get a good research paper on any topic you have to avoid using people who are already biased or are NAÏVE and should you do it you will never get the best that’s why…
“ When am working on a problem , I never think about reality. I only
think about how to solve the problem but when I have finished
it and I feel the solution is not beautiful I know its wrong”
and it’s the reason why those clients of mine who have always come to me and accepted my words and abstained from interrupting me have enjoyed the best services ever and keep on coming back to me and referring me to greater businesses!!!
Uganda you are not smarter than some of the prominent people living or ever lived on this earth before; you are just 52 years old let your grands advise you on this In America, France, Cuba and else where leading statesmen like OBAMA, PUTTIN, FIDEL CASTRO have been put on pressure one time to give their opinions about the punishing of gay people but up to now they kept silent on the issue not because they do not know what to say but because it’s a serious gender based issue which you can not just wake up and talk about it so Uganda if you can not talk without injuring the minority gay people just find away of dodging the issue or pretend that you are busy with other more important issues like how acted; Carl (1777) was called to help when his beloved wife was dying but because he couldn’t help he pretended and said:
“Ask her to wait a moment…..am almost done!”
So Uganda my motherland you have a lot on your mind to avoid passing this outdated law, its barbaric, inhumane law etc.

AN APPEAL TO PRESIDENT YOWERI MUSEVENI KAGUTTA OF UGANDA-its not the right time for you to make enemies ssebo mzee!!!:
Mr. president the head of my motherland Uganda..you can say together with others that its too late for me to talk the parliament has already passed and approved the law only waiting for your signature to come into force but am saying its not too late to cry for mercy to save our brothers and sisters like the way Sodom and gomola were saved at the last minute by one prophet who thought and felt that destruction of the entire societies was a mistake so its not yet late because…..
” three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do”
You have won many battles right from luwero triangle bush war which brought you to power, fought the so called un believed existing LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY (LRA) to Congo from northern Uganda upto central republic, fought the Alshababu, defended the highest openly seen corrupt civil servants of this country till they got justice then why be mind off set by a mere “kill the gay bill..?!!” ..kill the bill itself I know you are capable and really you can do it don’t be fooled I think by this time since 1985 you have been in power and its time to say good bye to our motherland as a states man but not to make enemies after being off set by the hypocrisies of religious leaders and others who want to fulfill their personal needs behave the way Voltaire(1694-1778) one of the greatest thinkers said that time when a church priest came to his sick bed and saw that the intelligent man was going to die and appealed to him to get to God and leave satan he humbly as he died said to him :
“now, now my good man , I think this is not the time for making enemies”
So president Museveni the way you have become old and secretly planning for your resignation do you feel its time for you to make enemies? Remember gay people are 500,000 yet you have other enemies in place!! Am just asking….!!

I DONOT FEEL OBLIGED TO BELIEVE THAT THE SAME God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forego their use like thinking to kill his people because they are gay or do you think you want to say or assure me and the entire world that the gay people were not created by God but Satan?
“ you are not so holly Uganda as divine judgment can only be exercised but the supreme creator since he reserved the power of life and death to himself none else.
In the past Islam and Christianity believed that the crippled or lame were the cursed one and when born could be thrown away in bushes or killed but as levels of literacy raised they realized their mistakes and changed their ways that these are not cursed people but only need our love , care, protection and find away to make them fit in society!1
The above is not too far from the 1970s incident Iddi Amin Dada ounce the president of Uganda brought this into play:
Him being a Muslim and felt that the lame or crippled people are the cursed ones and being beggars on city streets were spreading their curses on the blessed business men who were coming to kampala so he organized government trucks lied to thinking they were cursed the crippled people that he had a good meal /party for them in jinja so they all felt happy, started singing praising songs to president iddi amnin dada as their godfather who has showed them love….. sorry for them little they knew were being taken to be off loaded in one of Uganda’s water falls in jinja which was well blessed with crocodiles, hippos and at the end it was the crocs and hippos singing jubilation songs to amin as they angrily fed on the crippled!! But up to now beggers are many on kampala streets!! And even people hate AMIN MORE than before!! So my question is ;
Uganda do you think killing the gay people is the best solution to this issue?

Secondly if gay people were born with different features on their bodies would you as an individual not a group kill that innocent gay baby because you feel its born a sinner? (No answer me …..as an individual using your senses not as a group !!) because even the lame or crippled were killed by your grand grand parents at birth in ancient African societies thinking they were cursed!!

“gay people are wasting the seed”.
Just know;

“great people talk about ideas, average people about things & small people talk about wines”
The bible does not directly talk about gay people the old testament often refers to any action that wastes the seed as wrong so even using condoms its a wastage of the seed or any other contraceptives if am to add emphasis …so you are not such holly to accuse the gay for wasting the seed..remember this world is as old as you may think, about 3-4000 years ago there were too few people in this universe and procreation was needed but now the world has over 7billion people who even need more land for settlement meaning we do not need to try and make any more use of the seed so I don’t think any act which does not coz pregnancy can still be condemned in this modern era!! What we need is now to see how we can live in peace harmony and love with each other even God said LOVE ONE ANOTHER some men find love in women and women find klove in men but this is not always the way to go things change and men or women are finding love in the same sex!!! the idea of KILL THE GAY should stop because they have found true love in their fellow sex mates after all many same sex marriages are rarely heard to break rapidly like different sex marriages.
Though in Deuteronomy the bible tells us GO TO THE WORLD …AND HAVE DOMINION.. those are old testament sayings which no longer work and finding aman with more than 10childrens makes news in this era!!
PLANING ..dont kill the gay people .
We all believe that sex is the best gift ever given to us by our supreme creator but sorry that he didn’t openly tell us the best sex or even ever sent us a blue movie to watch on how to know which kind of sex to play either anal or vaginal!! Your sexual nature can not be changed by the thoughts in your mind many have tried to forge different sex marriages but still been caught in gay activities where they find pleasure when sex is used badly it calls for punishment the body does not lie and every one should look for the best sex which suits him or her why suffer in this world yet we live ounce!!!

I strongly support love, peace and harmony among people am not aroused by sex or sexually interested in other men as some of you might or may think but I can understand some people out there find love in fellow sex partners I do not judge any one the way he or she loves because judging others its God’s work not our work I rejoice when I see humans living in peace , caring for each other.
Uganda you are entitled to your opinion but don’t be like your former son KABAKA MWANGA king of Buganda who thought spreading the Christian gospel will make him lose royalty from his subjects and started setting the religious preaches on fire which event is still being looked at as a curse to Uganda in that every 3rd June people from allover the world gather to pray and end this curse!!! Yet the religion now stands and the kabaka /king still gets his royalty from his subjects …..!! So do you want to add on another curse on our calendar and the people who will live after us will be remembering the day when Gay people were put under death!!! Or you think different sex marriages can not stand when same sex marriages are existing?... I think God is the giver of life and death and its not any man’s business to end another’s life.

It’s a pity that religious leaders who have been strongly advocating for ending the death penalty are again out supporting the “kill the gay bill” we we all vote to kill the gay people in Uganda or put them in prison for ever just imagine if we succeed and get all the 500,000 gay people who are likely to include our brothers, sisters, teachers, pastors, fathers, mothers, grandparents etc then after start looking for their supporters, friends for not telling us in time!!! How will you feel because….
“the law is like a young lion you can feed it on the best fresh when
still young but when it grows and starts to hunt for fresh you may
not survive being eaten by it as its best fresh at that time
yet you ounce fed it to grow!!!”

So Uganda when we kill the gay people calling them our enemies for having played same sex not different sex like we do at the end we will not remember our success in killing them but only our ignorance for having exercised it in a silly way to kill the innocent ones which will haunt us till we all die because death is awaiting every body.
According to holly books teaching “SIN IS SIN EITHER SMALL OR BIG”- all fetch the same punishment in heaven that’s is fire so why put the gay people to death yet we have those who have killed many , raped, defiled , robbed etc and are set free or given light punishments .
I think gay people are two consenting adults if people have swindled billions of money from Uganda’s ministries of Health being inclusive but only given only 10years in prison then why kill the gay whose acts do not affect any one?
“ do you want to mean that or assure the entire world including me that gay people who engage in their acts freely as two consenting adults their acts are more dangerous to society than rapists, robbers, defilers, corrupt public servants who cause pain and grief to many Ugandans, or giving a former rebel amnesty with a posh car, fancy house etc sounds great and nice who ounce killed masses of people whose relatives you didn’t even compensate for the loss suffered !!!?
What Uganda should know my motherland NATURAL LAW school of thought which calls for total observance to morality provides that a law without moral authority is not law and a law providing death for an offender its not law!!! Respect is under morality so under Positivism law school of thought it says law and morality will never enjoy the same meal on the same table without a quarrel or fight and it says break the silence forget morality...meaning under natural law incase your father rapes you yes true its immoral but just know that you owe your father moral authority and respect do not report or a shame him bear with the pain he is your father!!!... But as you stand in an open court the positivist are whispering in your ears …. forget that morality bit of law your father has offended you break the silence, report him to police give evidence against him for having raped you we want him to be judged and punished!!

From the above if we can not respect the Gay people, get rid of their ways morally, spiritually in a friendly way but only to behave like the positivists it would be wrong if in every wrong thing others do we feel punishment is the best its better we love them, care for them and make them fit in society than only thinking inside the box …”kill the gay people”.. One wise saying is that:
“if we can not get rid of skeletons (gay people) in our closets(society) lets just teach them how to dance”
Like the way we did to different sex lovers otherthan passing” kill the gay people bill” but only to make law reforms like below:

What did the earliest law makers do to make different sex lovers fit in society yet catholic brothers and sisters who were in society existed ?
Ans: it was by putting laws to control divine sex or different sex in place among its lovers like:
No sex until marriage and marriage age is 18years and above below it its an offence, no sex in public places otherwise that’s corrupting public morals, no sex without consent or else its indecent assault or rape and will call for punishment and those who have observed the laws on divine sex have enjoyed it with great love and pleasure so why put the same laws for same sex marriages where only there is divine sex or different sex you put same sex than killing the gay people !!!!
Those who want it can openly declare their intentions to the entire public that they are ready for divine sex after all:
“marriage let it be traditional or religious its all about showing
the intention of two people that we are ready, willing and
assuring you that we are now time bad to play sex”
so that’s what the people celebrates about eat food, dance and sing because Jane is going to have divine sex and is ready to do it with Tom so Uganda it costs nothing to give the gay their rights to enjoy the same rights though they are the minority compared to you the majority.

Uganda you are not so such holly that you should wish death to your beloved children for being gay people you also have dirty panties we do not want to expose now hope you remember when you stole timber and gold from congo around the 60s and again you did it just recently in 2000s did we kill you …No we didn’t so now why kill the gay who have never killed or injured any ones life? Or you think KENYA, SOUTHERN SUDAN, SOMALI your relatives are very happy for having tempered with their domestic issues yet they are independent states!!!? but have they ever come out to propose that you should be killed ?...No okay now why do you want to kill the Gay people if death is not what you wish yourself? Is it because gay people are the minority, poor who are being discriminated upon by the majority who play different sex to the extent that you are enacting a law to have them killed let it be those outside the country to be brought back home for punishment, even ready to punish and imprison all the individuals, companies, media, organizations including me who are against the “KILL THE GAY PEOPLE BILL”

Gay people may be the minority in number but when they can cause the whole Uganda and the world to shake when handled badly!!
“ an elephant can step ounce on an insect and it dies but the
same small insect can enter its ears and make it dance
pain till its death”
The major problem is that the gay issue is being handled by people who lack special knowledge on social research even do not know the number of people they are fighting yet it would have been discussed by academicians who know what they are doing many elites out there know that Uganda you have taken a wrong route but fear to come out publically to give their personal opinions as they fear to receive public judgment as being called gay supporters so leaving it to the low educated people to shout about pass the kill the gay bill even termed as a Christmas gift for Christians !!
I don’t think the minority gay people should suffer enough for them is enough many have lost their lives and properties for being gay and police has not bothered to give reports on that so why should they continue suffering like this!!!

“ Uganda don’t be so humble –you are not such
great to fight reality and though you can fight
it you can not avoid its consequences!!”
Religious leader if you have decided to betray God’s people by wishing them death penalty kindly;
“your religious beliefs are your business they are not and should not
be the basis for law , if you use them as justification to discriminate
against others , don’t be upset when others decide you’re an ass hole”
(jim.c. hines on reacting to those who wanted to use the bible and
discriminate women).
Social scientists, workers, lawyers, psychologists its time to help the minority get their freedom other than keeping silent , otherwise many equate this to religion but sex and religion are closer to each other but either might prefer.
Why should you raise a finger at a gay person to be killed is that what the lord’s messenger taught you? Religious leaders make your own judgment but do not hide under the holly books because even the lord’s prophets none even Jesus ever called for the gay people to be killed so where in the holly books do you get such saying that kill the gay it’s a right idea I stand to be corrected or challenged may be the Quran or bible I read it’s a fake one I dump them before its too late!!!

I think religious leaders should have distanced themselves from this cheap show off of those that me am very clean and holly so the gay should be killed or if they want to fight what they call wrong to see how best the idea can be handled but not kill the gay people because okay if gay people are enemies of Islam or Christianity then what do the two teach us about our enemies..?
“that love your enemies or..kill your enemies …..”
just beg your pardon on this!! Otherwise someone is here saying;
“never interrupt your enemy when he or she is making a mistake “
(Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821).
Even if different sex lovers we are the majority and many religious leaders might try had to fake the truth by twisting holly books teachings that killing gay people its justifiable under the eyes of our supreme creator GOD to have “kill the gay bill “made law then I guess when accused of an offence its all based on evidence even the gay when accused might fake evidence to accept the offence then say even so and so is part we were doing it together because the law has limitation periods meaning those who repent before religious leaders are supposed to be handled over to police to be prosecuted though they have abandoned gay activities then those religious leaders who keep quite can be charged with the offence of being an accessory before or after the offence was committed and also be put to punishment.
So as you faker the law for the minority just know they are not sleeping but also in their beds thinking because being the majority does not make you smarter otherwise :
“ women are the majority in the world they can fake orgasm during sex to please
the men who are the minority but men can also fake the whole relationship and
make women go crazy!!!”
so you majority go slow on the minority gay people as………..

This issue needs scientific research and this could be the reason why the president before signing the bill to make it law had to first send it to the scientists for their opinion if these people are born or made or just total madness in them otherwise I believe these people are normal and live within us so complain sparingly as the next person could be one of them this reminds me one tv program me when two Ugandan pastors were invited in studio to give their opinions that was pastor martin & sserwadda against one gay person Juliet victor sserwadda bitterly said that even I blame the families you come from for your parents to hae failed to bring you upright including the churches you go to….!!! Some of us who were watching the programe and who know victor and talked to him before we kept a watch on his lips as the two pastors looked at him Juliet frankly said he grew up from a Christian family whereby the parents could not let them watch any tv show save UTV NEW, HABARI, DIDDIS SHOW AND KALINIMI SHOW, MIND YOUR LABNGUAGE!! I myself I remember these tv programmes on utv, so he told them its his choice to be gay and feels satisfaction when is having sexual intercourse with a same sex partner and that however, much he tried it with different sex it couldn’t work , also told the pastor that his church is kireka victory Christian church where he prays a musical instrument called an accordion which makes sweet sound played by a gay and whenever the senior pastor of victory churches that is sserwadda!!!! Enters or visits dances sweetly to this music pastor sserwadda looked at victor and couldn’t believe that he is one of his sheep in the church but a gay!!! Pastor became speechless so if the law was in place would the pastor have survived punishment being an associate with a gay because ignorance of the law is no defence and knowledge or mensrea may not be an element of the offence!!

Also many videos have been posted about one of the prominent Ugandan richest pastor victims saying he bum shafted them meaning he engages in homosexuality as they claim so assuming its found out to be true and brought under the law and suffers death just imagine how many people are going to miss his sweet Christian gospel teachings, his fashion designs, financial support to different organizations which will be affected by his arrest and killing!!! So from this point am saying my beloved UGANDA do not kill the gay people but give them their rights and restrict them as you did to different sex lovers in order for them to enjoy their sex like:
-make it divine and legal they go to church and wed be blessed, like in south Africa, Sweden and just restrict the illegal gay sexual acts like forceful sex, sex with under aged, let them get married when they are 18years below that its an offence, let them have their sexual activities in privacy like the different sex lovers, give them their rights and those who infringe on their rights commits an offence of infringing on someone’s privacy!!!

Lets not accuse, discriminate , physically or in anyway abuse, vandalize their property or even think about killing them that we are fighting a wrong out of society because it’s a well-known saying that:..
“Two wrongs do not make a right”
To get rid of sin as you say does not necessarily call another to commit a sin of killing because we were all created by one God, whose ways are very tough to understand because he creates a crippled person and you find him or her laugh at him or her then Our God becomes annoyed with you yet he is the one who created ..so before you propose the gay people to be killed just know that…….
“our supreme GOD is a comedian playing to an audience filled with
young and old people, educated and uneducated, pastors and pagans,
politicians etc who are enjoying his comedy show but very very afraid
to laugh as they might annoy him and get punishment”.
God created us in his own image saints, thieves, short, tall, whites, blacks, straight, gay, etc and this does not take it away from us that we come from one God otherwise do you want to say that gay people were created by Satan and we need to kill and get rid of them!!! Am saying know God tell us to love one another so that this world becomes a peaceful world to live in.

Lets use all our senses and logical examples than hiding under personal frustrations, holly books misinterpretations to have the gay killed so lets take this logical example:

How are you affected if you see X an adult lady entering their matrimonial house with Y a male well knowing that at night they are going to have sex? … I think you feel nothing and normal unless you really also love one of them then you can feel pain!!! So if you see the same X entering the house with another same sex Y and do enjoy their anal sex privately how are you affected ..You may claim that anal sex is very painful..STOP IT you are not a gay for them no problem with it and don’t imagine what you do not know or do you want to assure us that you are so much affected by another’s bum pain when being shafted by another in that you should come in to defend him or her before he or she calls for your help!!! And how many out there enjoy your sex scream on top of your voices to even wake your neighbors but none has ever come to accuse you is it because your sex is taken to be holly than same sex?

I do not buy the research made against gay people because most of the researchers are already biased, naïve so what do you expect from such people’s research?
So if you think different sex is sweeter that’s to you but to gay people same sex is the sweetest and that’s what life is since many think:
“ life is pleasant but to others death is peaceful”
So do not make the gay people may be think that this world is another planet Hell!!.
To me as per now I believe gay people don’t deserve death but just want protection from being discriminated upon
“ many people are suffering in this world and even if you bring them God they do not need him unless he appears to them as bread than they will accept him, so now the gay people do not need your religious believes but only to be reorganized in society as humans too!!”
Even many out there saying Uganda kill your gay people yet many of you have them there too, so why want to kill someone else’s children and spare yours, this issue has clearly showed that pastors and other religious leaders are just preaching but their hearts are filled with merciless behaviors ! Why say kill the gay people yet holly books say do not kill are you too holly to move on water or can we ask for church or mosque accountability for money given in to help the needy ever since you joined and we see how you start pleading to the soil to swallow you in the almighty’s name!!!?
Lets not make gay people change their prayersd to the almighty they have been saying befor and start praying to our and their God;
“Our father in heaven save us from your followers”
Because should God hear their prayers!! Do not say he cant he is a complicated GOD as he hears for robbers to succeed in robbing us and actually do…!! It means 500.000 gay Ugandan people will leave the church open up theirs, build their own hotels, schools, etc I know what it means when some one does something after your……!!

“If you have got nothing good to say about gay people come sit next to me”
Otherwise we have to be careful fellow Ugandans when discussing something and we do not know where we are ending because we can end up there alive, dead or crippled!!
After reading all this many are going to say no may be Edirne has gone insane please am not okay if lam every one is insane but the degree of insanity varies otherwise:
This time now you may say kill the gay but one day these people will have their rights and write books about you oppressing them, like the way the blacks were oppressed by the whites in America but its now OBAMA( hee hee O.B.A.M.A; Original Black African Managing Americans) a black African leading them.
So lets not be forced that religion is a hypothesis by seeing our religious leaders who would have showed us what to do supporting…”kill the gay people” killing has never been good to Godly people!!
You will accuse me , wish me death, call me any sorts of names, broke me as others will send me more requests for having supported the gay minority rights, but I will remain fortune edrine!! I do not mind what you say because am an independent human rights activist for the minority, a corporate legal consultant and legal researcher ,so you are entitled to your opinion about me, hate love me and those who want to share more with me wats up me on 0705815279, tweeter: fortune edrine, email: fortuneedrine@gmail.com
have a blessed moment and SHARE this to your member of parliament, your pastor, your friend abroad, your politician, your boss, etc if you feel like …..otherwise my humble appeal is that my motherland : “
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AMBROSE BARIGYE (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay readers on 30/01/2014 tagged with health, hiv/aids , human rights +5

life of an LGBTIQ person in Uganda can be one of the hardest things to cope up with. i was born in a family of 14 children and am the 9th born hailing from the western district of mbarara. born 2nd Oct 1984. i have lived a life of confusion and deeper thoughts bout what I am but all this came to an end in 2005 when i started interacting with people born like me. it took me time to accept the reality basing on the fact that i was raised form a typical catholic family which always talked ill about same sex relations.i would feel confused especially life as a primary school kid when my other male peers would be chasing after girls in hide and seek games, i would prefer to have company of fellow boys.all this was such horrific to my growing up as a typical mukiga(my tribe) since it was an abomination to have feelings for the same sex especially men who are taken as masters of the clan.its long but i can say life through primary to secondary was a bit confusing not until when i joined A-level i would get a chance to Google all things about same sex attractions which gave me hope for a new life.this also helped me to meet and interact with fellow gay men and lesbian sisters through social media friendships. indeed this marked anew beginning for my life.

if some names that have worked tirelessly but not ever mentioned and received a global award as per fighting for LGBTI equality in Uganda, i must confess that i cant fail to appear among the top personalities that have worked for the Ugandan lgbtiq movement with great enthusiasm but left untalented about beyond the Ugandan borders. i joined the Ugandan lgbtiq struggle in 2009 but i can say within these few years i have faced the worst and best of my life. life as a gay activist in Uganda is sacrificing your life for the sake of others, i have been disowned by my family, i have been threatened to get beheaded with many strange scaring messages, i have lost most of my straight friends , i have lost jobs from the straight fraternity,i have been evicted from many houses, i have been attacked in many social places like bars, i have been outed in the media, i have and am still suffering with life due to lack of support from either sides especially problems of rent and upkeep but i vowed never to back down. Ambrose has been at a fore front of many projects for the betterment of Ugandan lgbti members ranging from health, capacity building program, income generating programs, advocacy campaigns to fight the anti-homosexuality bill and many more, remarkable of all i was the lead mobilizer for the first gay pride in Uganda the beach pride Uganda 2012 which will always be historical..i am happy to have been part of the first ever seven committee members for having organized this first gay pride in 2012 and again we did it in 2013.all in all i can say that life after 20th December 2013 when the bill was passed has scared me much and am scared to talk much of it.many arrests, living in fear,police invading peoples homes and all this is horrific. i conclude saying that our allies keep the support on, keep praying for lgbti Uganda since the situation has worsened.
Ambrose Barigye
twitter; @ambrosebarigye
tel:+256771613781(whats app)
email: ambrose.barigye20@gmail.com
instagram: ambrosebarigye
Facebook: Ambrosio Wazabanga Barigye
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(user currently living in UGANDA) posted for readers on 29/11/2013 tagged with human rights +10
Hi,Everyone , it's Magembe Norman from Uganda. I filed a complaint to the International Criminal Court against 3 Ugandans I.E David Bahati, Giles Muhame and Martin Ssempa for persecution of gays in Uganda which is a crime against humanity. I followed this up by starting a petition on change.org asking the I.C.C to investigate and prosecute these 3 top homophobic Ugandans for crimes against humanity. I am writing therefore to respectfully request you to support my petition by signing it and also to spread to others to sign as well . The link to the petition is below.

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Elvis Kiwanuka (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 16/05/2013 +5
Press Release to ILGA from LGBTI Uganda
The month of May started on a tough note concerning LGBT rights for gay Ugandans. Two groups of athletes registered to participate in Gay Sports in France and Germany were denied visas in spite of fulfilling all requirements established by both embassies.
LGBTI Uganda had registered a women’s volley ball team to compete in the Saaleperlen Games in Leipzig, Germany, between the 15th -20th May 2013. Out of the 8 applicants; including a Badminton Team for men, only 3 persons were granted visas! These included two men, for Badminton, and 1 woman, the captain, for the Volley Ball Women’s team.
This was a great shock to the 5 women who had spent weeks under intense training. The team immediately hired a lawyer to help with the appeal process, since the games were about 2 weeks away. To the team’s surprise, the embassy insisted the appeal process would last 4 weeks, a time frame which wouldn’t allow them participate in the games and a workshop organized for them on: How to Survive in an Extremely Homophobic Environment.
As expected, the organizers too where not impressed by the decision. But to their further surprise, most of their protest emails got no feedback except one that made it categorically clear that the embassy ‘deals with applicants, not third parties’. Protest letters to the German Foreign Affairs ministry were met with excuses too; all authority, with regards to visas is handled by local embassies.
In earlier correspondences between the organizers and the LGBTI Uganda team, one of the organizers noted that there could be some local staff at the German embassy that were opposed to Gay Rights and that the team should exercise the necessary precautions. Unfortunately, the team didn’t take the caution seriously until a senior native employee at the German embassy called some of the female players and preached to them for several minutes begging them “in God’s name to repent”. At the end of their submission, another called one of the two male players and told him that the team was not “presentable enough”.
The reasons given for the denial of visas were:
1. Lack of sufficient proof of means to sustain themselves while in Germany.
2. Lack of proof that the team would leave Germany upon completion of the games.
3. Lack of sufficient attachment to their country to enable them return home etc….
But team LGBTI Uganda has been to Sweden, Netherlands and in several parts of Uganda. This team had gotten a local sponsor for the German games who offered to buy return air tickets and 200 Euros per participant in pocket money. The organizers in Leipzig too, sent letters confirming the availability of meals and full accommodation for the team. Besides, every team member had health travel insurance worth the required 30,000 Euros.
Then, with the help of the team’s lawyer, affidavits were sworn by all athletes pledging to leave Germany upon the end of the games. And family photos were attached together with properties, birth certificates of dependants, personal bank statements etc…
Up to today, however, there is no word on the fate of the 5 female volley ball players from the German Embassy in Kampala. Why is this so? We are sure they are waiting for the mandatory 4 weeks to expire.
On the side of the French Embassy, all three LGBTI Uganda athletes were turned down. The same reasons were given like the Germans. Yet even after proving that 2 of the 3 were student finalists who couldn’t just abandon their studies, the embassy remained adamant. Even when the remaining athlete proved that he had a stable job with a very good remuneration package and assets, the answer was a resounding no!
The 3 had been registered by LBTI Uganda to participate in Mountain Biking and Squash in the Tournoi International de Paris 2013 happening between 14th -20th May 2013 in Paris. The organizers gave full proof of accommodation and meals, and the participants equally proved their capacity to attend, return home and continue with their life here in Uganda. The team’s sponsor too accepted to offer air tickets and ample pocket money on condition that LGBTI Uganda guaranteed participants would honor their obligations.
It’s a pity that the German and French Embassies have turned their backs on gay Ugandans despite of the fact that they are in full knowledge of the high levels of homophobia in this country. The teams strongly believe, that in sports, they would interact with their like; exchange ideas and draw support from one another. The teams believe that participating in these sports would be a huge blow to homophobia in Uganda. The teams strongly believe that sports would defeat hate with love, condemnation with compassion, discrimination with understanding.
And while the teams remain in the depths of the dark corners of homophobia itself; they remain strong in spirit and forever indebted to the organizers in France, like Antoine Le Blanc and Hubert Quarantel-Colombani together with Matthias Lendner of Germany. Thank you for all your efforts.

Elvis Kiwanuka
National Coordinator
LGBTI Uganda
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Matthew Charles Stebbings (user currently living in UNITED KINGDOM) posted for gay intersex readers on 22/04/2013
I took it up the bottom from a bloke named Quembai, it was banging. It's true what they say about nigged men, Fucking hung.
Yours M.S <3
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ernest (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay readers on 10/04/2013 tagged with human rights
Am by the names , Ernest am asking for favor to see i accomplish , my studies, i dropped out of the university, when my parents denounced me, and i couldn't , keep up with , my tuition the whole family , dropped me, i don't know if being gay, i s a crime , i was doing , medicine , and i had finish ,my second year, my life , changed , when , my family , knew about , this, i have been discriminated, by my family, my people , time after time , keep , on frightening , a friend , who helps give me a place to stay , to burn , his house , because , he helps , me , the whole family , just hope , i die , any time, i know , there people out there , like me , who face the , same problems, and when am given a chance to study hard . I what to prove the whole society , being , gay , or lesbian , is not some thing, bad, and , help more people in my situation, i live in Uganda in Kampala, contact me o ernestmae@hush.ai, i will be grateful ,if my application, is put into consideration.
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(user currently living in RWANDA) posted for gay readers on 03/04/2013 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention
so am in my early twenty's finding my way out in my day to day life without being leanched or draged naked in the streets was by hiding who i really was but therre times i slipped and the wrong people found out about me and all hell broke loose my lfe became a living nightmare i found myself explaining that i wasn't gay just so i could save me from any possible death iam still trying to live a guilt free life but having known who iam i don't think i can fully be out
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(user currently living in BELGIUM) posted for gay bisexual straight readers on 30/03/2013 +5
In the seventies I met judge G. in Nairobi who was the preceptor of king X of Uganda. He told me of the tradition of sending young males to the court to be at the service of the kings and receive protection for their communities instead. Much like the intore in neighboring kingdoms. King X gave a miniature R&R; as a token of his love to th judge. The tragedy was and is the influence of Pauliism in Africa , with the martyrs of Uganda in evidence. Even the separation between "gays" and "straights" is imported from backwarded European countries.
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kintu ivan (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay readers on 05/02/2013 +4
am a activist in uganda my friends en family have worned me and they have beat me up several times they want to kill me,they segregate me i don't have a family now I've written this in sorrow pain that am even bleeding now the beat me yesterday night my contact is +25674555175-email @ kintuivan66@yahoo.com please i would like to either get out of this country where i don't have a family my partner past away a year back en just like u here of uganda and the gay activist am just dying here please help me
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Amos (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian bisexual readers on 01/01/2013 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, sexual orientation
Kaweesi Joseph was arrested by Kawempe police officers for mere posting on face book and now he's being charged for homosexuality
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amelia (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for lesbian readers on 28/11/2012 +5

Hello, ,
I hope this finds you in good moods with family and friends. Let me take this opportunity on the behalf of our organization to introduce ourselves. We are a Gay group comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds and attained various technical skills from academic institutions. We identified a problem early in schools and our homesteads of being discriminated and exerted to domestic violence in private and public institutions. Due to that situation we analyzed in Uganda, after attaining higher education we decided to formulate an organization aimed at addressing the guy community affairs and fighting for our rights. We are also Ugandans with a right to share our values and benefits from the common resources of the country, but because we are Gay and that's what we want and believe in, we face routinely collective domestic violence and discrimination by various public and private institutions.

We understand that we are among the minority groups in Uganda, but we think and believe that, that's what we are. We are hoping to reach out to all Gay communities in Uganda, schools, trade centers and higher academic institutions addressing our values and opportunities to build confidence into ourselves so that we can compete on a leveled group with the majority for socio-economic opportunities in Uganda. Also we want to establish dialogues and meetings with the responsible stakeholders like the Uganda Central Government so that the expected Anti Guy Bills is not passed because it denies us our human rights.

However much, we want to accomplished all these tasks, fighting for our rights, we are stagnated and held back by the limited resources at our disposal at a moment. So we really need help and backup from the international boards and concerned individuals like you. Hence, we will be very grateful and humbled when our call is answered.

Thank you very much for your time and we are waiting anxiously to hear from you.

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(user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 08/11/2012
Conservative MP Margot James has urged for the world’s politicians to promote gay rights at a Westminster conference that was chaired by Uganda’s anti-gay Speaker Rebecca Kadaga. Last week, Ms Kadaga claimed the country’s notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill would soon be passed by lawmakers and the Ugandan MP confirmed that she had no intention of blocking the legislation, which proposes barbaric sentences for those convicted. Speaking on Tuesday at the International Parliamentary Conference on Gender and Politics held in Westminster at Portcullis House, London, Stourbridge MP Margot James urged delegates from over 40 different nations to promote gay rights in their countries. After speaking in the debate on the use of quotas to ensure greater parliamentary representation for women, Ms James challenged female legislators in the Commonwealth to confront homophobic persecution. “We agree on the need for more women in our parliaments and governments, but we also need to reflect on why we need more women to be elected, a greater defence of freedoms and human rights is needed,” said Ms James. “As a gay woman I would not be able to even stand for election in many of the countries represented here today, and the situation is even more dire for gay men in so much of the Commonwealth. She added: “I urge the women legislators here today to stand up for the gay minority in your country and remember those who, like women are discriminated against, and bring that discrimination to an end.”

Here is the link ....http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/11/07/ugandan-anti-gay-speaker-chairs-london-human-rights-conference/
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(user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 08/11/2012
It has once again happened that intellectual freedom has been
curtailed in Uganda following the raid by police of an
anti-discrimination play by Talented Ugandan Kuchus/queers (TUK/q), a
group of young talented performers whose message is of
non-discrimination. The production titled "Lighting the Shadows" was
this evening rudely interrupted by one gentleman who had several
policemen to back him. The audience was dispersed and so was the cast.
Every one was ordered out of the theater. The coalition was one of the
major sponsors of this advocacy event to which the public as well as
the diplomatic corps were invited
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(user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 08/11/2012
Greetings from GEHO - Uganda, which was founded with a Vision of “A just Society where LGBTi Community access Total Health and enjoy their Human Rights” while our Mission is “GEHO – Uganda exists to restore human dignity of LGBTi communities/persons and address access to health services through Information, Outreach, Service Provision and Strategic Partnerships”. Our mission and vision are being realized through the following objectives; - To provide key health and legal services to the LGBTi Community, To work towards improvement of SRHR and contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS among the LGBTi, To create a sustainable partnerships and networks with same minded Organizations to address issues affecting the LGBTi AND To create strengthen GEHO – Uganda institutional capacity to be able to fulfill our mandate.
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JOSEPH (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay readers on 05/11/2012 tagged with illegality of male to male relationships
Constant abuse of the rights and privileges of the LGBTI community has been historically high in Uganda. Many interventions have been made by various LGBTI activist groups in Uganda to reduce this but still a lot needs to be done to try and change the lives of members of the LGBTI community. As members, we noted a number of years back that many members of the LGBTI community were undergoing humiliation at workplaces and home villages by fellow workers and village mates due to their sexuality and to make matters worse, it’s been noted that there is rampant exploitation of members of the LGBTI community by friends who because of their good financial status often sexually use and abuse the poorer and not well to do members of the LGBTI community in order to “help” them acquire the basic needs of life, that’s, food, shelter and clothing. A case in point here is when one of our members had to be sexually used against his will by a so called “friends” in a quest to avail him shelter at their home after he was chased away from his parents home for being Gay and staying in a bush near their village water well for about 4 days before it dawned on him that he better seeks help from friends whom he knew for shelter, not knowing they were going to take advantage of his situation to conditionally, house him only if, he could give them sexual favours. This may sound painful but true! All because we had no safe space where members could safely meet to air out the pain they were going through in order to seek a solution! And to make matters worse cometh the looming anti gay bill that seeks to see all gays jailed for their orientation.
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Speaker Kadaga promises to revive shelved gay Bill

The Speaker’s promise follows her experience in Canada, where foreign officials asked her to block the bill.


Days after her defence against a Canadian minister’s attacks on Uganda over homosexuality, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has promised to expedite the debate on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Ms Kadaga made the assurance while addressing religious leaders and journalists at Entebbe International Airport on Monday. “They said I should stop the debate on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill but I assured them there is no way I can block a private members Bill,” she said.

At the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting in Quebec, Canada, Ms Kadaga was involved in an altercation with that country’s Foreign Affairs minister, Mr John Baird, after the latter accused Uganda of trampling on human rights.

The accusation saw Ms Kadaga tell the minister to stick to the day’s theme and respect Uganda’s sovereignty. “I will not accept to be intimidated or directed by any government in the world on matters of homosexuality,” she said, adding that she was not aware she was speaking for many people in the world, some of whom were in the conference.

“I was surprised when colleagues came and thanked me saying that’s what they have always wanted to say but they had never gotten the courage to. That when it came to me that I had spoken for the whole of Africa, for the Arab world and Asians,” she said.

The welcome ceremony and press briefing was organised by religious leaders, former Ethics and Integrity Minister Nsaba Buturo and the mover of the Bill, Mr David Bahati, all of whom are pushing for the enactment of the anti-homosexuality Bill.

A large procession comprising members of different Pentecostal churches, Makerere University students and boda boda cyclists camped at the airport from 10am to after midnight when Ms Kadaga emerged to greet them as they ululated and waved placards appreciating her boldness in Canada.

“You are our saviour, we want the bill now,” one of the placards read.
Pastor Michael Were, who spoke on behalf of the religious leaders, called on other national leaders to follow Ms Kadaga’s footsteps for the sake of the country’s culture and traditions.

Asked whether she was not mindful of Uganda being denied aid and her being denied entry visas to pro-gay countries, Ms Kadaga said such countries were welcome to keep their aid and visas.
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Kayigoma Ronnie Lule (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay readers on 26/10/2012 tagged with tourism, at the work place +4

When the Anti Homosexuality Bill (often referred to as the Bahati Bill) introduced in parliament. This Bill sought to criminalize LGBTI persons in Uganda, all of us were condemned and we live in fear each day.

In Uganda, the tabloid media has been at the forefront of whipping up public sentiment against LGBTI persons, in its coverage, the tabloid press has been irresponsible and libelous contributing significantly to the violence and hatred upon LGBTI persons by society like red paper and its sister Kamunye.

To add on that, due to the homophobic society, we have been expelled from all leisure joints and movements, the tabloid media also writes homophobic stories, no positive stories comes out and the readers believe that what is written is the truth.

You can not stop people from harassing you when they want; after I was exposed in the tabloid media Kamunye, of 28th may 2012, as gay activist, my neighbors, parents and friends turned/started harassing and being rude on me.

LGBTI persons face discrimination by both employers and employees. After I was exposed in the media Kamunye, my workmates and my boss started to victimize me at work and finally my boss handed me a termination letter, when I asked him why he was sacking me, he said that I was fired for being outed in the media Kamunye as gay activist and he wanted to protect his job/customers and the young workmates from my abhorrent act.

My straight friends formed a group which went around campaigning that they have a gay person who stays in their area without their knowledge, they also said that I wanted to recruit them into homosexuality, disgust; name calling, gossip, and black mailing

LGBTI persons face harassments from Landlords and neighbors when their orientation is discovered. When I was outed in Kamunye, My Landlord gave me 24 hours to vacate her house failure she was going to call a local Bukedde TV news media agataliko nfufu to reveal me, and people threatened to burn down her property for accommodating me.

In addition to that, our families are often the target of abuse, violence and parents are sometimes pressured into disowning their children, when my parents learnt that I am gay activist, they grabbed all my assets and started selling them, telling me that it’s a foreign plotters because it was imported by whites, Gay is seen as a western phenomenon and since westerns seen as having money, many opponents dismiss African gays as self seeking opportunities who claim to be gays, In their opinion gays have a lot of money, my step-mother went a round telling every body that I am gay to the point I was forced to move from the neighbor hood in which I grew up since people wanted to attack me, more to that they started paying spies to monitor my movements and place of residence, my parents failed to understand that being gay is normal and natural, they consider me as abnormal, cursed and all the bad things you can ever image.

Kayigoma Ronnie Lule
Kampus liberty Uganda-Klug (An LGBTI University and Ex-camper organization) Founder/Executive Director, Human Rights Defender and LGBTI Activist

‘Lesbians, Gays, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Intersexes do not claim any ‘special’ or ‘additional’ rights’ but the observance of the same rights as those of heterosexual persons. LGBTI persons are denied-either by law or practices-basic civil, political, social and economic rights.
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Paul (user currently living in SWEDEN) posted for gay readers on 14/10/2012 tagged with at the work place +5
Am one of the gays that the Uganda Police wanted to kill in 2010 when we were paying the last eye to our bro David, Am so down and stressed up, I need to share my experience with some one. Text me your contacts on +46769774591
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prince emma (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for transgender readers on 27/08/2012
am prince emmanuel from uganda
am 20 yrs and i really do fill more of a woman i fill that am a woman not a man
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Julia (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for lesbian readers on 22/08/2012 tagged with human rights +0
I am a lesbian living in Uganda. I have lived in the closet for more than 24 years of my life. I am 28 years now and a graduate student from one of the universities here.

I am very aware of the homophobia here because it even stinks but I have finally decided to get out of the closet and live my life. However, even then, it is extremely difficult to get a partner yet my body is normal and reactive. I have made several attempts at getting a woman,including this attempt that I am going to narrate at length, but failed.

After a very long but empty search, I decided to visit a bar in the City of Kampala that I heard was for LGBTI people. I went there once, twice, thrice and made friends there. These friends of mine were mostly men. So on one of these strategic visits, I approach a young woman, get her phone number and promise to give her a call the following day. I go home shortly after that and sleep happily. The following day, I load enough airtime on my phone and call up the girl and she can't understand how a girl can 'ask for an intimate relationship' from a fellow girl. The girl was rough and rude to me. I got so so so scared.

Now, I fear asking more girls because when I asked for her phone from that club, I was sure I was 'dealing' with one of my own. 'They' use our space but can't even stand thinking about 'us' in theirs.

Now, I only make love with internet photos of lesbians making love on my little laptop. UGANDA HAS DENIED ME MY SEXUAL RIGHT.
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posted for readers on 18/08/2012
hey i need homos
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Ricky (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 01/08/2012
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Erick (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 01/08/2012
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Cleo Xulaye (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for transgender intersex readers on 29/07/2012 tagged with health, gender identity, sexual orientation
This Sunday, a burning concern from urs trully: It’s so depressing having to live behind the smoke screen of another person, seein’ him take over your physical features bit by bit till you are completely lost and cannot see yourself any more. Growing up, I had many a suicidal thoughts, as every moment that passed I came to see, more and more these hard masculine features of this pubescent boy…while the tender supple skin, curvaceous body and beautiful face of the gurl in me, receded behind the curtains only to arise and shine over tones of make-up..I curse the day I told ma mom about ma boobs, stupidly thinking it was cancer, and I was gonna die..i wish I knew then, like I know now that the hormones they were giving me were actually testosterone and they would destroy Cleo….the gurl in me…Am sorry Cleo..sorry for the ignorance in me, sorry that I did not know a better way, sorry that I did not try had enough to save you…It’s a miracle that you have survived this all, scars and wounds notwithstanding, it’s a miracle that you still smile and giggle when you come…But even then, I cannot say that for all my trans brothers and sisters still locked up in bodies of other people….they walk around taunted by the thought of what could have been if only they could let that gurl or boy out…Working with the Trans Supporrt Initiative Uganda I’ve seen many trans people, lost, depressed, praying that, that beard won’t come, that those boobs would just disappear…..it’s a painful reality. That some of us will actually make it, we are surely uncertain of….But having lived through this nightmare and survived it with the few feminine features lurking, am worried, that even those will disappear. Ma heart goes out to all ma trans bro’s and sisters who
are struggling to unmask that gurl or boy in them, ma heart bleeds even more for ma teenage trans brother and sisters who right now are probably having suicidal thoughts, and hating themselves, and ignorant of the other way...a better way…a solution that even if they knew of they may be wouldn’t afford. Heed the words of my cry if you may…Our brother and sisters in Uganda need hormonal replacement therapy, so that they can live better lives... lives with confidence, self esteem, and vitality to face the ever growing transphobia around them…Heed this cry if you may….understand us…save us..we need you..for now we are here, we do not know for how long? But as long if you hear my cry from this deep abyss...answer this our prayer...
follow me on ma facebook cleo xulaye if you are interested in helping out
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Caleb Muchungu (user currently living in AFGHANISTAN) posted for gay readers on 28/06/2012
The anti gay campaign is being fueled by failed evangelists from Western countries whose dogmatic ideas can no longer stand the test of time in those western countries. They are now targeting Africa where they reap from the poor through donations to their Ministries and at the same time inject venom in the minds of the populace. There is nothing wrong for NGOs to map out how to win support for the LGBTI community. Kudos to the Uganda LGBTI community for standing firm even in the face of continued persecution. This is like the civil rights movement, the movement against apartheid and the movement for the emancipation of women. These movements can NEVER be wished away by retrogressive Uganda politicians, fanatical and fundamentalist evangelists or any other person. the fire has been lit and it will not be extinguished. This is a human rights issue!
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Wasswa hassan posted for readers on 19/06/2012 tagged with human rights
I am a 23yr old gay exiled in my own country and society. In 2006 during my first year in high school my collegues found out I was gay which i admited but this marked the start of what I call hell. I was brutaly beaten by a mob of fellow students and was later hospitalised. The school decided to expell me and that marked the end of my education stalled in 2006 for I feared for my life. In 2007 I resumed my studies in a rural school were I less known graduating from high school in 2008. I 2009 I joined Makerere University(bachelor of arts in social sciences) . Its here that one of my old students recognised me and history repeated its self,beaten severely. So I could not continue,.I decided to join a law profile institute, so I joined the Institute of certified public accountants in 2010, I studied for 3 months until things turned bad when I was noticed I had to give up on my education how ever much I tried. So in the same year I got a job I worked as an office messanger at super gate forex beaurex for a while until you know wat happened I was fired when they found out I was gay. I have done odd jobs trying to survive but I fear for my life,in my society and most parts of Uganda being gay is criminal some even arrested. My entire life has no meaning right now,I am not educated and can not get a decent job in Uganda,I fear for my life and I ask my self was my being gay a curse. Please any body out there help me or give me a solution. Contact me รถn my email wasswahassan10@yahoo.com or ssuzihassanw@yahoo.com. Thank you WASSWA HASSAN
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Roy (user currently living in SOUTH AFRICA) posted for transgender readers on 30/05/2012 tagged with at the work place, sexual orientation +10

By David von Burgsdorff | February 23, 2012
I didn’t know I was gay when I was younger; I just knew that I wasn’t attracted to girls. In Kampala, nobody mentioned homosexuality; growing up, I never met anyone who was openly gay. You only heard about it on the radio, distantly, in passing.

“Why can’t they leave this country?” callers asked when the topic was raised. “Find an island for them!”

At 19, I went to university and met a man — the first person I wanted to be with. He told me that we could be partners, but only in secret because homosexuality is illegal in Uganda.

After I finished my advanced degree in accounting, I moved to the city with gay friends I’d met at school. We all loved fashion and talked about cute guys. But we were only fully honest with each other. Of course, we couldn’t completely hide who we were; people suspected us of being gay. The way they looked at us – we knew they’d beat us if they found us in a dark corner. In some areas, strangers threw stones or boiling water. They shouted, “We hate you, and next time we’ll hurt you!” Certain shopkeepers wouldn’t serve us.

Still, we were young and starting out our lives. Our community was small and secret, but close-knit. I got a good job as a waiter at a Muslim luxury hotel. Everyone knew I was an excellent server, but eventually, rumors about my sexuality began to circulate.

“Are you a gay?” a co-worker asked.

“Anyone could be gay for all we know,” I said. “Even you.”

Soon enough, they fired me. It hurt me terribly to be dismissed from work I’d done so well, but I didn’t know that worse days were ahead.

I got a new job at another restaurant. With my pay, I went shopping and met a sweet, handsome salesman. He told me that we could start dating – but first, he began to ask me for money. I always gave him something, and he always disappeared. We never slept together.

One Monday, my day off, he called me.

“Are you at home?” he asked. “Can I come by?”

I had a weird feeling on that call. My heart weakened. I didn’t want to see him. But I ignored it and told him to stop in.

He arrived and before I could offer him a drink, he stripped off his pants and shirt. My shirt was already off because it had been scorching hot. I heard banging at the door. I thought it was the houseboy who did some errands for me, so I opened it. And my breath left me.

Six men stood there: one with a gun, one with a video camera, and one with a machete. I turned to the guy I’d been seeing. He had set me up.

Before I knew what was happening, I began to fight them, but it was seven against one. They pushed in, and the man with the machete slashed me, cutting me from shoulder to armpit on each arm. I began to bleed, so much blood.

Roy shows one of his scars

“I’ll cut off your arms,” he said.

I knew of this gang: They had killed one gay man before and brutally beaten another. They had robbed them and blackmailed one with a video.

“I’ll give you all my money,” I said. “Let me live.”

They wrapped my wounds in rags, and took me to the ATM. I drained my account for them. They left me bleeding on the street in the sun.

My friends found me and took me to a hospital. My kind boss gave me a month off, since I couldn’t lift my arms to carry a tray.

The physical pain was terrible, but the fear was worse. I believed the men would come back, push into my house, and kill me. I began working the dinner shift again. Scared of the night, I hired a special taxi to take me home. I could not sleep. I was isolated. Uganda was no place for me.

I found a tourism conference in Port Elizabeth online. I registered and paid the conference fee with money I made from selling all my belongings. With the conference invitation, I applied for a tourist visa. I never planned to attend the conference; I just needed to get to South Africa.

With my visa in hand, I bought a one-way bus ticket and left Uganda. I knew it would be forever. We passed overland for a week. I was tired, lonely. I watched Zimbabwe and Zambia go by, my mind on the past.

I entered South Africa on New Year’s Eve 2009. On January 1, 2010, I traveled from Johannesburg to Cape Town. I saw this beautiful city from the distance and I thought, “This is where I’m supposed to be.”

I’ve been here for over two years now, living with gay refugee friends. It hasn’t been easy. I work three days a week at a small shop but I’ve had trouble getting a job because I only have temporary asylum, which I renew every six months. I need to get permanent papers to get proper work so I’ve come to PASSOP for help.

I dream of my perfect life here in South Africa. I want to get a job in accounting or marketing because I’m a trained professional and I have degrees. I feel so useless now; I want to have a purpose and contribute to something. I’d like to be a citizen. I’d like to have a partner one day. And if I could get enough money, I would buy a lovely house on the beach.

But even now, with all the struggles, this is the only place for me. When I got those injuries, I thought my life might be over. But I have a new life here now, and some rights, and I am fear-free. That’s why I must stay in South Africa; I simply have no other option.

If you want to help Roy, please contact us at office@passop.co.za or (0027) 021 762 0322 .

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K. Jimmie. K (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for bisexual readers on 17/04/2012 tagged with human rights, illegality of male to male relationships
Once arrested because of that... thrown out of home and many more brutal experiences... the biggest problem is amidst that, the world seems not to care. Am still followed and threatened by an unknown person because he thinks i introduced him to bisexialism..
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The rest of the world should help look into the situation in Uganda and the current bill against gays that is being tabled in parliament.Problem also is that many of the gay people are just talkers.They talk the talk but cannot walk the walk.People are so scared about losing their lives and being discriminated that they are forced to live double lives.So many are depressed and have nowhere to turn to and with time,i will not be surprised if there is a high rate of suicides occuring in my country Uganda.Anyway,i hope the situation gets better soon which i really do not think will happen but hey,what can one do other than stay positive even in a negative situation?
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steven kasiko (user currently living in NEW ZEALAND) posted for gay lesbian bisexual readers on 10/02/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights +10
I call upon all people that believe in human rights for all to come out and we use this chance to put more pressure on Uganda government not only to reject the bill but also to force it to decriminalize homosexuality , respect human rights and stop discrimination against gays . We should not allow to be fooled by the minister's statement as its an attempt to try to justify the Bill and think that the world will just go in slumber and let the bill go through. This bill is not good regardless of any sugar coating attempt as it tends to violate the basic human rights and freedoms of a certain section of people in Uganda .

The excuse to protect children is a mere joke as children in Uganda are faced with serious problems like poverty, child prostitution, rape, death in childbirth of young teens, child sacrifice than homosexuality .This bill is being brought in bad faith its intended to promote hatred. I am scared that that according to parliamentary procedure, if its a private members bill the President Museveni can not use his veto powers to reject it . He can return it twice and then after a month, it becomes law, even over his objections but even we can not trust President Museveni as he 's well known to hate dislike homosexuals
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Concerned friend (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay readers in response to this story on 08/02/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, gender identity, human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, religion
Mr. Ssemakula please contact: sogiah.uganda@gmail.com.
There are however, certain issues you may know about being "gay" in Uganda. Many have thought it is a ticket to getting hand outs and this assumption has led to much disappointments. Please get your act together: engage in genuine work to earn money, engage in genuine obedience to your leaders/benefactors/parents. Live your life as a responsible person. No one out here has a pot of money to help you as long as you see yourself as a destitute. You are a dignified person. Make friends by showing the positive side of you.Do not beg using the internet!!!
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Most at risk populations' Society In Uganda (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 08/02/2012 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, health, hiv/aids , human rights
In a democracy, one has to allow room and space to listen to the other side arguing their case. Much the same way is expected for one to be listened to. The Anti Homosexuality Bill, 2009 as well as 2 other stigmatizing and discriminating bills (The HIV Bill and Equal Opportunities Bill)will continue to find their way on the floor of parliament. Even as a practicing physician, the volunteer spirit to treat the "gay" will be stepped upon! There is a fear of repercussions for such reaching out. As long as the HIV Bill,2009 is still mentioned ( like yesterday, 07/02/2012) morale, motivation and effort to roll back HIV/STIs will also die!!
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Thomas Muyunga (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 05/02/2012 tagged with health


MARPS IN UGANDA is involved at various spaces sharing on; Capacity building, organisation development, Sexuality, orientation, gender, identity, microbicides, HIV, cancer, Female genital mutilation and other issues. Calls for repeat sessions on such subjects like; microbicides continue coming in. Today, after activities during the World cancer-day in Uganda we have decided to launch our "microbicide information center".

6P’s make up our concept: Understanding Policy, intensifying Programmes, identifying all Players, Providing education and enabling Participation to Popularise microbicides in Uganda.

We hope to reach 800 key leaders with the lubes, condom and microbicide messages by December 2012. These in turn will reach many others. We hope to popularise acceptability in a network with 350 persons by December 2012 if all goes well. Microbicides, especially rectal microbicides are anti-HIV decision-support tools in the hands of marginalised.

Microbicide /mi•cro•bi•cide/ (mi-kro´bĭ-sīd):
1. a substance that destroys microbes.
2. a substance that destroys infectious agents, including also viruses; sometimes used specifically for that used to prevent transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.

1. We have used meetings (e.g., National consultative meetings) to share information on microbicides. This has been possible because MARPS IN UGANDA is part of the large CSO Network in Uganda. It takes lead on MSM. WSW, TG, Substance users and PLHIV. It as well takes lead on providing evidence in form of reports on all most at risk populations (MARPs) in Uganda. These include but not limited to: fisher-folk, sex-workers, truckers, discordant couples, persons in long term relations, PLHIV, MSM and Uniformed services Personnel. Given the vast networks within which we work, we have also interacted with: mobile communities, displaced persons, disabled persons, young persons, men and women.
2. We work with school and non-school going communities and with these we did design schedules on talks around: sexual and reproductive health. We use these spaces to introduce topics such as, microbicides.
3. We are a lead organisation promoting the eradication of violence, violations, abuse, discrimination and stigma in communities due to for instance: sexuality, orientation, gender and identity. Through these spaces we share on microbicides.
4. We link with various organisations under the capacity building contracts. While we train, we also introduce issues around Microbicides.
OUTCOMES: We have become a lead organisation, voluntarily providing information on microbicides in Uganda.
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samuel semakula (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay readers on 30/01/2012 tagged with at the work place +5
im now suffering alot because ma parents have negerated me because im aguy and i going to miss out my education im looking for aids im in for what i want (guy) and hope not to give it up because thats me i have house rent no up keep some one over there please help me out bsemwo@hotmail.com
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The Global Fund (user currently living in SWITZERLAND) posted for readers on 18/11/2011
Regarding your article GLOBAL FUND CUTS $270M IN AID TO UGANDA (http://ilga.org/ilga/en/article/ngkYBqy1fJ) please note that the Global Fund has sent the following letter to the editor of New Vision, the paper that originally published the article:

To the editor,

The article headlined “Global Fund withholds shs700b for ARV treatment over gay rights”, which appeared on your website on 15 November 2011, contains inaccuracies about why the Global Fund rejected a recent application for HIV funding.

In 2010, Uganda submitted a Round 10 application to the Global Fund asking for $217 million for HIV and $25 million for health systems strengthening.

A panel of independent experts turned down the HIV proposal mainly because significant funds from an earlier HIV grant are still unspent, raising doubts about Uganda’s ability to take on a much larger HIV grant before it had effectively invested the resources it already has available. At the time of the panel review, only 11.6 per cent of the money available from the earlier grant had been disbursed.

In addition, the panel noted a likely overlap between the interventions in the earlier grant and the Round 10 proposal. It also questioned the soundness of the Round 10 proposal’s budget. In addition, the HIV proposal failed to adequately address equitable access of services especially with respect to particularly vulnerable populations.

The earlier grant continues to have a low spending rate and the fund, as a result, has reduced the second phase of the funding.

Following an appeal by Uganda, the Global Fund’s Independent Appeals Panel upheld the decision not to fund the HIV proposal. This decision is published on our website http://theglobalfund.org/en/trp/appealsreports/


Jon Lidén
Communications Director
External Relations and Partnerships Cluster
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MONICAWILLIAMS (user currently living in INDIA) posted for transgender readers on 08/11/2011 tagged with human rights
i am ayoung girl of 22yrs who on realising that ma feelings and emotions were totally interested in fellow women coulkd not resist but go on for wat i felt..wen my friends realised they rejectd mi i felt so abandoned and life wasnt the same.men tried to rape just to make me change.i was so much abused by people some even thretened to beat me.on one occasion in aclub i was kicked by aguy who so gay people like devils..trust me life in my country is so much difficult for the gay n so many are geting killed...
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BACKGROUND: A systematic review of responses from 30,000 spaces was carried out in 10 regions of Uganda.
OBJECTIVE: A systematic review of responses from 30,000 spaces where inquiry into who MARPs are, what MARPs need, who provides services, what is demanded, what are the behavioural characteristics unique to MARPs and other contexts influencing issues of MARPs that was conducted between July 2010-August 2011.
DESIGN: Conduct Review of literature, Interviews, structured conversation and focus group discussions. Respondents were drawn from; 150 farmer groups, 220 hair salons, 27 landing sites, 27 police posts, 110 cattle/village markets/social spaces, 225 major RH/FP/MH/CS/Health Services organisations, with leaders and members of 100 FBOs/2200 CBOs/CSOs/Community Groups, 2,550 lower level governments and communities, with members of 3,000 men/Women groups/settings, in 19,174 trading and urban spaces (Artisanry marts, car dealerships, repair garages, washing bays, food vending kiosks, video kiosks, shopping malls, recreational spaces) along 6 major trunk roads and 25 other roads leading to rural districts, 250 educational institutes (higher institutions of learning, colleges, senior/primary schools), 100 minorities’ spaces, 72 fresh foods markets, 200 hotels/lodges, 25 housing estate areas ( e.g. Jinja industrial area, Kampala, Gulu, Mbarara, Kasese, Tororo, Mbale), 170 ludo/snooker points, 1,700 storage and parking bays/car-park/boda/lorry/bus-parks in urban settings.
SETTING: Uganda was divided into operational regions: Central, Northern, Eastern, North Eastern, Mid-Western and south-Western where 30,000 were identified and these included: Lower level governments, urban centers, municipalities, towns, market areas, boarder points, social-meeting places, recreational spaces, food vending areas, film kiosks, shopping malls, parks, washing bays, road stop spots, educational institutions and CSOs. 5 lakes were visited to generate understanding of fisher folk communities.
RESPONDENTS: We used groups and individual key informants that way 30,000 Key informants were mobilised to include; leaders, community members, PLHIV, MSM, Substance users, sex-workers, fisher folk, key persons at road stop spot, bar-owners, informal sector, car-parks, bus-parks, work-place-exit points, school leaders, out-door games’ organizers, and uniformed services.
INTERVENTIONS: The police and criminal justice system are points for violence redress. Other forms of Violence/stigma counselling centers exist in major towns/municipals; public and private health facilities provide treatment and management of HIV/STIs; CSOs and government social services’ departments have planned programmes targeting MARPs.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENT: MARPs character and vulnerability spectrum in Uganda.
RESULTS: At community of residence level right through the Criminal justice system, substance users, MSM, Sex-workers and PLHIV still face stigma and violence. Sex-work (female, male and child sex-work) is rampant along all major road trunks and in major destination towns towards Uganda’s boarders. Education and housing areas have high prevalence of male/female sex-work, same sex practices and substance use. Violence/stigma counselling centers exist in major towns/municipals; public and private health facilities provide treatment and management of HIV/STIs; CSOs and government social services’ departments have planned programmes targeting MARPs. Key affected populations such as MSM and substance users being criminalized still lack focused programmes targeting them. Communities still do discriminate and stigmatize Key affected populations such as PLHIV, MSM and substance users. There is a tendency to box MARPs issues into HIV Programmes and this has influenced the approach to most programming. Messaging to eradicate risks to HIV should factor in fact that substance use, unprotected anal sex, female sex-work, male sex-work, child sex-work are interconnections in sexual networks
CENTRAL REGION: These included; Buganda, Busoga sub-region, Bugwere and Bugisu. The MARPs characteristics range from substance use, child sex-work, fisher folk, MSM, LGBTIQQ, male/female sex-work, PLHIV, young people who are sexually active, long distance drivers, and uniformed services. Vulnerability was around; quick mobility, fear of consequences of visibility, stigma, sexual practices, gendered sexual beliefs and the gap between haves and have nots.
NORTH-EASTERN REGION: These included; Karamoja sub-region. The MARPs characteristics range from substance use, child sex-work, PLHIV, young people who are sexually active. Vulnerability was around; quick mobility, displacements arising from searching for pasture and child neglect
MID-WESTERN REGION: These included; Kasese, Hoima, Buliisa and Fort Portal. The MARPs characteristics range from substance use, child sex-work, fisher folk, MSM, Indigenous Tribes, male/female sex-work around mining and cement industry, PLHIV, young people who are sexually active, long distance drivers, and uniformed services. Vulnerability was around; perceptions of men about mid-Western Uganda females, quick mobility, fear of consequences of visibility, stigma, gap between haves and have nots.
SOUTH-WESTERN REGION: These included; Kabale and Ankole Sub-region. The MARPs characteristics range from substance use, child sex-work, fisher folk, MSM, LGBTIQQ, male/female sex-work, PLHIV, young people who are sexually active, long distance drivers, and uniformed services. Vulnerability was around; quick mobility, fear of consequences of visibility, stigma, cultural perceptions around sexuality and sexual intercourse acts.
WEST-NILE REGION: These included; Arua and Madi Sub-region. The MARPs characteristics range from substance use, child sex-work, fisher folk, male/female sex-work, PLHIV, young people who are sexually active, long distance drivers, and uniformed services. Vulnerability was around; quick mobility, fear of consequences of visibility, stigma, cultural perceptions around sexuality and sexual intercourse acts, and inter-cultural social experiences.
NORTHERN SUB REGION: These included; Acholi and Lango Sub-region. The MARPs characteristics range from substance use, child sex-work, fisher folk, MSM, male/female sex-work, PLHIV, young people who are sexually active, long distance drivers, and uniformed services. Vulnerability was around; quick mobility, fear of consequences of visibility, stigma, cultural perceptions around sexuality and sexual intercourse acts.
“As a town dweller, I do know of substance use, anal sex, female sex-work, male sex-work and child sex-work in this town and many others. The clients include professional persons, odd-jobs workers, artisans, students and non-school young people”. Ashraf (Wandegeya), Florence (Nansana), Grace (Kawempe), Jerome (Migyeera), Cosma (Nimule) and Rashid (Mbale).
“Am a male sex-worker since 2007, my kind of clients have my phone contacts and book in different hotels in different towns of Uganda. They send me a text message and we meet for sex. Most times they also ask me to bring other friends when they are many. Some of our clients do use substances, especially they smoke marijuana”. Crystal (Kampala).
“We want to be trained in skills to start up alternative businesses besides depending on Fishing”. Bukenya (Kyamuswa, Mazinga, Kalangala Islands of Lake Victoria), Arthur (Lake Albert), Ogwer (Lake Kioga).
“Yes, there are programmes on HIV and Human Rights as part of the prison services, hopefully this will be a big step in improving prevention practices”. (Key informant).
“Am interested in two things now that we have met. How your organisation can help us “handle” MARPs since we are increasingly working in that area” . (Key informant from a leading health organisation).
“ What is that nonsense? Every one is a MARP!” ( Key informant and district official).
“ The issues such as stigma, dialogue around discrimination and their relation to HIV are points to start with in starting and driving conversation around MARPs issues”. (Key informant and Community Development Officer).
“Am a trans-woman and I feel so insecure. I have to keep in-doors and only get out at night or make sure I put on long coats and a cap if am to conduct outreach services for other trans-women in Uganda”. (Leader of Trans-Women Bureau Uganda).
“ I am a transgendered male to female person and my parents are aware of my sexuality and gender identity. I wonder why we do not have seminars targeting parents and families. Our families are the first points of insecurity for many of the gay people.” (Leader of Young MSM Club in Uganda).
“ We are ready to conduct community campaigns against “mob-justice” as this is one very unjust way communities deal with what they disagree with. Communities should learn to use the justice system and believe in it. Other reported complaints are evictions, black-mail, extortion and deliberate hostility actions”. (Key informant from law and order section).
LIMITATION: This exercise was conducted to generate vulnerability before testing and it explored issues around visibility of various MARPs.
CONCLUSION: Contexts ranging from Policy, programmes, public and private settings form and influence actions targeting MARPs issues. HIV risk is one major issue most organisations target. However, before testing or accessing an HCT service MARPs need to be looked at as vulnerable and that vulnerability is disproportionate. Criminalization, Stigma and violence form a barrier that silences MSM, Sex-workers and substance users and it may cause them to go underground. This may not be the case for fisher folk, Long distance truckers or uniformed services. MARPs issues include demand for skills training to access anti-poverty programmes such as social grants. Public and private settings have all the basics in place to provide redress to all issues of MARPs. However, they are also points of violence to some MARPs.
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(user currently living in UGANDA) posted for readers in response to this story on 26/09/2011 +5
Please direct him for counselling and access a transitory home. We have supported 129 university students and all of them have had to agree with our terms of discipline while they stayed at the transitory home. We offer services to those who can also afford to have lunch and do their own laundry!! We do have our way of checking out these stories. We have had to refuse 12 people for "crying wolf" !!
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T M (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for straight readers on 26/09/2011 tagged with at the work place, hate crime and violence prevention, health, hiv/aids , gender identity, human rights, sexual orientation, armed forces
When we invite communities to access and attend our outreach health fares we do not exclude other categories of people. We also use peer mobilisers to reach out to LGBTIQQ people. We follow up LGBTIQQ people by e-mail, phone or coupons. It is possible to meet all categories of minorities in Uganda. The trick is to understand the difference between a Public-Health-Human Rights activist/advocate and a reactionary advocate/activist. One has to create networks in the homes, villages, be ready to be seen with leaders, avoid being a show-off, come down to grass-roots and have skills in negotiating diplomatically. The other,tends to use emotions/sympathy.
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