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lilly (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual readers on 21/03/2014
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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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!!

‘’KILL THE GAY PEOPLE-SAYS UGANDA!!!!’’
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….!!

RELIGION ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE/ACTS (GAY PEOPLE):
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!!

HOLY BOOKS TEACHING ON THE GAY PEOPLE; BIBLE & QORAN RESPECTIVELY:
“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!!
PEOPLE NOW NEED FAMILY PLANING METHODS TO CONTROL DOMINION SO SAME SEX COULD ALSO BE A WAY OF FAMILY
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 SUPPORT LOVE
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.
GAY ACTIVITIES WILL BRING AN END TO DIFFERENT SEX MARRIAGES
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.

RELIGIOUS LEADERS’ SUPPORT TO PASS “KILL THE GAY PEOPLE BILL “ IT’S A TRUE MANIFESTATION OF THEIR HIDDEN
HEARTS:
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 lets feed the KILL THE GAY BILL WHEN STILL YOUNG WITH A CAUTION AND WISELY!!!

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:

PROPOSED REFORMS TO KILL THE GAY PEOPLE BILL:
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.

SO UGANDA WHY KILL THE GAY PEOPLE AT THE TIME WE NEED THEM MOST:
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
NDOMBOLO YA SOOLO OR EVEN CALYPSO DANCE in great
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………..

GAY PEOPLE ARE BORN NOT MADE:
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.


UGANDA GAY ISSUE NEEDS LOGIC NOT YOUR BASELESS THINKING PLEASE:
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:
“NO SANE MAN WILL DANCE”
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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Elvis Kiwanuka (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 16/05/2013 +5
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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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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
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Kaweesi Joseph was arrested by Kawempe police officers for mere posting on face book and now he's being charged for homosexuality
Gaysandlesbiansrightsuganda
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amelia (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for lesbian readers on 28/11/2012 +5
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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.

ameliakyambadde@gmail.com
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(user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 08/11/2012
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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
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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
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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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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.


Entebbe

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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Julia (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for lesbian readers on 22/08/2012 tagged with human rights +0
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I MAKE LOVE WITH PHOTOS AND PICTURES
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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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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ESCAPE FROM THE POLICE IMMANUEL DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION UGANDA ESCAPED FROM THE POLICE RAID AS WE HELP THEY YOUTH GAYS AND LESBIANS CONFERENCE AND ACTIVISM. IT WAS A DARK NIGHT ON SATURDAY WHEN THE POLICE ATTACKED AND SCATTERED ALL MEMBERS AT THE REGENCY HOTEL KABUSU WHILE WE WERE DISCUSSING ISSUES ON HOW WE CAN CREAT AWARENESS ON ILGA RIGHTS AND ALSO HOW TO SUPPORT VARIOUS YOUTH WHO ARE MEMBERS. THE POLICE CONFISCATED OUR PA MACHINES AND THE DIRECTORS WERE ARRESTED SO WE REALLY CALL UPON THE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY TO JOIN US IN BAILING OUT OUR 3 MEMBERS THE COURT REQUESTED US TO PAY BAIL OF 4000 DOLLARS SO WE ARE WORKING THIS OUT AND ANY WELL WISHERS CAN HELP, ALSO WE ARE LOOKING FOR A LAWYER TO HELP OUR MEMBERS WITH THIS CASE HERE IN UGANDA AND ANY HELP WILL BE APPRECIATED.
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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
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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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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
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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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VULNERABILITY SPECTRUM

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
VULNERABILITY:
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.
IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS:
“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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steven kasiko (user currently living in NEW ZEALAND) posted for gay lesbian intersex readers on 10/09/2011 tagged with at the work place, hate crime and violence prevention
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We ve experienced alot of suffering from government,community and also from our family members that ve expressed strong resentments towards us yet we would have expected protection refugee from them can you imagine your own family member threating you all the time because of you being ahomosexual
I have afriend who told me that because of his family members knowing that he 's agay some of them are now taking advantage of him by demanding money from him threating to report him to police community leaders (Local council chairman) and to his boss. He told me his father has now chased him away and told him if he see him back again on his land or house he will pull out his machete and cut him he 's ready to go to prison. I call upon all members to come out and help our brother
Please we ' re seeking for your advice
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steven kasiko (user currently living in NEW ZEALAND) posted for gay lesbian bisexual readers in response to this story on 29/06/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention
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I have no respect for religious tyrants how spread hate people are too sexy for their hate, too sexy for their lies, and too sexy for their self-righteous genocide. We must expose the religious tyrants for the evil control freaks that they are let us not give them room
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Bob (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian bisexual readers on 26/06/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention
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Ilost my job after the Red pepper published alist of homosexuals including my name and the boss even threatened me to hand over me to police and now following the recent publication of the rolling stone saying that gays are after recruiting children i got insults from some people how threat ed to kill me if they see me talking with any of their children. This has forced me to move away from that area and i fear going to village as most of the people in the village are aware that am agay so am not safe anything can happen to me anytime but i can not change my identity and i can not trust anybody now . so life is full of isolation ,insults threats and violence its quite problematic Gays and Lesbians rights Uganda GLRU
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steven kasiko (user currently living in NEW ZEALAND) posted for gay lesbian bisexual readers on 24/06/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, sexual orientation
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Gays and lesbians are suffering hate crimes on a daily basis some families have thrown people out, we have lesbians and gay men sleeping on the streets of Kampala because they have nowhere to stay. some relatives have organised for lesbians to be raped. Iike Mukasa has gone through this its only those who are brave ,bold that come out to speak i think now gays and lesbians in Uganda have reached one million its high time we all come out and begin a rigorous campaign demanding for recognition and equal rights.Let us have our right to privacy, right to education life and health .Please just live us to live in peace we know that some people find homosexuality reprehensible but just live us in peace. Some lesbians have been stripped naked in church in the name of healing them from lesbianism being abused by people who claim they re men of God reported to the police but nothing is done Its high time we begin to decamp gain African governments that have failed to recognise the rights of homosexuals like president Museveni 'S government which has been responsible carrying out arbitrary arrest torture imprisonment of gays since September 1999 that has resulted into anumber of homosexuals losing their life's on the basis of orders from the above this has been done by the the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Force (UPDF) and its military intelligence branch, Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI),Internal Security Organization (ISO),cmi, ISO, and other security agencies,Violent Crime Crack Unit (VCCU), a special unit comprised of CMI, ISO, and other security agen­cies, replacing Operation Wembley, tasked with stopping crimethe police and its Criminal Investigation Department [CID] and RRU
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peter (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian bisexual readers on 23/06/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, laws and leadership , marriage / civil unions
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Some of us have been a victim of inhuman treatment.police raided my home in 2005, took away documents and arrested my guest, beat him.
We were treated in a degrading and inhumane way. Many of us have continued to such similar injustice but no one cares such human rights violations are unacceptable We have had enough of the abuse, neglect and violence. and the government is found of denying the existences of police brutality,now the clergy are all the time demonising us. This acts are forcing homosexuals to live double not of our choice something should be done
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steven kasiko (user currently living in NEW ZEALAND) posted for gay lesbian bisexual readers on 18/06/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights +5
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Let us combine and continue to speak out and fight against the forces of hatred being spearheaded by the church, the president, first lady community leaders and the Ugandan press. In Uganda the press is now leading the hate campaigns as they are found of giving description that are very detailed and personal which are dangerous for the person named and depicted. The Red pepper has produced a number of articles that demonise homosexuals on 24 September 2010 it came out with an article HOMO TERROR launching a Vite smear campaign against Mworeko the tabloid placed his picture on the front page under the screaming headline "This gay monster raped boys in school, but failed to bonk his wife". In all my years of activism this was one of the most disgusting immoral vile, smear campaign i have ever witnessed and now even children have joined the hate campaigns like the anti-gay rally last year.Surprisingly the human rights watch never came out to condemn or stop them.The Redpepper newspaper is owned by General Saleh Caleb Akandwanaho a brother to presdient Museveni that 's why it has gone on for along time enjoying the impunity of smearing homos as the editors are aware they are protected by the government this prompted the Rolling Stone to also come out with an article calling for Hanging homosexuals. Of recent President Museveni came out and said Homosexuals have no place in Uganda as if we are not Ugandans again no one came out to condemn Museveni or remind him about the Universal Declaration of human rights Article 2 that states " Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.".President Museveni is Robert Mugabe of Uganda a homophobic tyrant who tramples on democracy and human rights.With this acts its time that we must redouble our efforts to stop the hate campaign that has infected Uganda and other nations in Africa sparking anti gay witch hunts as sexual orientation is a universal right
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kasiko steven (user currently living in NEW ZEALAND) posted for gay lesbian bisexual readers on 17/06/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, laws and leadership +0
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I together with religious conservatism and laws inspired by the judeo-Christian traditions and inherited from the colonial era, have combined to make Uganda and Africa a thorny ground for homosexuality. In the n uganda the hatred for homosexual has gone increasing because many Africans have anarrow view of homosexuality What I want us to remove from people is that whenever you mention gays or same sex relationships, they just think about sex, sex, sex, and nothing postive against gays“We are human being who need some one to live with, In the companionship and encouragement; there are so many things we can do other than thinking about sex and criminalising our acts such deep rooted mindset together with together with religious conservatism and laws inspired by the judeo-Christian traditions and inherited from the colonial era and our con tuned hatred by president Museveni has put lives of gays in danger with no protection, have combined to make Uganda and Africa a thorny ground for homosexuality. The hate campaign has also resulted into some people coming up with fake research claiming that gays are more promiscuous and more likely to catch HIV than heterosexual men; more likely to abuse drugs and suffer mental disorders and the life expectancy of a homosexual man is almost half that of heterosexuals. which are baseless
The problem withour leaders/ President is that they have refused to have dialogue with us,� “Instead of calling us to understand us, hear our views, hear our stories, they just push us away
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kasiko s (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian bisexual readers in response to this story on 14/06/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, illegality of male to male relationships
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Hope one day the world stops all the time focusing on us because of us beig homosexuals up to now some of us have failed to come to terms with the death of kato most especially we who were close to him his death has brought bad memories to some of us basing on what we have experienced because of being gays . he stood tall in the unwavering face of opposition as so many gays were disappearing under unclear circumstances
To some of us, we yarn for that day come when we will feel safe and live openly. being gay in Uganda has put me through a lot, with my family and some of my friends running away from the state. ,I also look for that day when the world focuses on other people not me because of being a gay
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peter (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian bisexual readers on 14/06/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights, laws and leadership +5
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Of recent the church has taken the lead in the fearless battle against homosexuality and lesbianism. i happened attend pastor Males church the sermon of the day was focused on gays . the pastor preached anumber of things against homosexuality like its is unnatural.ungodly erodes the country much cherised culture and that it leads to destruction of morals and threatens human race and blamingtheir acts for being responsible for the misfortune of the country like famine ,drought and new disease because of God not being happy.He also told them that disheartening gays have now reached schools busy brain washing innocent children . These groups are being supporrted by the donors and western NGO under the disguise of sexual orientation as auniversal right.He told the congregation to use every means available to fight against these people either using force or peacefull methods as homosexuality has no place in Uganda. A fter the church service i happened to interact with anumber of people who had been attending the service and asked them one question which was What will you do to your son or daughter incase you find out he or she is agay or lesbians and these are the responses i got
1-Others told me it cant happen
2-Hand them to police for imprisonment
3-Disown them chase, them from the family,and if possible from the village
4-Others talked of killing them
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(user currently living in NETHERLANDS) posted for gay lesbian readers in response to this story on 09/06/2011
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Translation of my story in Uganda: When I was there I walked with a friend with rasta-hair in een small street. We were stopped by the police who asked me if he was bothering me. When I denied the asked me for money because they did have any supper yet. Meanwhile we walked towards the crowded street and then they were gone. I told the story to a police-officer and he said it was know, but difficult to do something abt. it.
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ssebowa (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian bisexual readers on 09/06/2011 tagged with adoption, hate crime and violence prevention
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Life here is like living in hell even your own parents disown you no one wants to assoc ate with you they wish you death as you are disgrace to them the all village will hate you.you become the topic of the village some people begin to accuse youof allsorts of things if they see you talking with any youththey say you want to recruit him and what happens after talking with that person they make afollow up to ask him what you have been telling him. even some people tell you to leave the village otherwise they will kill you accusing you that you are the cause of the disasters that the village have been experiencing they talk of wanting to Lynch you burn you so you have to be so care full with the people you interact with they may even report you to police
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kasiko steven (user currently living in NEW ZEALAND) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 04/06/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention
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Iwas arrested with some other members by police in 2007 for attending agay meeting following the local council chairman informing the police about our illegal meeting we were seriously beaten by police and detained we were requested to demonstrate how have sex with fellow men after releasing us some of us were hospitalised but we could do nothing to the police in fact they told us that they are just helping us otherwise the evidence they have against us is overwhelming for imprisonment the release came as ares ult of some members giving them bribe I even lost my job after the boss coming to know about it that am agay.The second time we were romancing with my partner then some one informed the police who raided my house took my photos as part of evidence imprisoned again i was seriously beaten by the police accusing me of recruiting children the community wanted to kill me requesting the police to leave me so that they can work on beat me mob justice later i had to bribe them to release me when the people hard that the police had released they decided to destroy my house but nothing has been done by the authorities and they have decided to chase me away from the village that am an evil and Satan Alot has ahppened to me but this is the price you pay for doing what you belive in or expressing your feeling
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muko (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian readers on 03/06/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention, human rights
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When hate hits the country were are we to have shelter
In Uganda due to widespread ignorance about sexual orientation the hatred of homosexuals has increased of recent now in most of the schools children ared being given ant gay sermons .the hate propaganda is so effective in that even in the rural areas people are beginning to express their hate for gays some even promising to killed,disown their children in case they become homosexuals. In one village person trying to explain to rural people about the gays having their rights was seriously beaten only to be saved by the local council accusing him of trying to recruit children int acts of homosexuality. Persecution of homosexual is so common, intimidation and this is being done by the police but nothing can be done some people have been lynched now the new bill has put gays at the lime light .so in Uganda you have to be so care full if people identify you your life is danger and in case anything happens to you the police will begin accusing you if people tell them that you are a homosexual do not expect much protection from the police avery good case study is that of Kato Uganda police accused him of wanting to force aboy into having sex with him
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http://www.change.org/petitions/to-the-ugandan-government---homophobia-anywhere-is-a-threat-to-freedom-everywhere

As the advocacy officer for a rights group called Sexual Minorities Uganda, David Kato was one of Uganda's most high profile gay rights activists. Just weeks after winning a court victory over a tabloid that called for homosexuals to be killed he has been bludgeoned to death in his home.

David was one of a team of activists who took action against Uganda's Rolling Stone tabloid newspaper which had been running a campaign both naming and showing people it claimed were homosexual. The pictures featured on the front page, with an accompanying headline - "hang them". David was one of those pictured.

In response to the murder of David Kato, the managing editor of the weekly Rolling Stone, said in a statement that he had "no regrets about the story. We were just exposing people who were doing wrong."

Homophobia has increased in Uganda recently because of church action but also because of political action. An anti-homosexual bill currently before parliament calls for gays and lesbians to be jailed for life. This bill was sponsored by Ndorwa West, MP David Bahati, a legislator from President Museveni's ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).

It is time for the Ugandan government to act. It is time for the government to publicly condemn the murder of David Kato, condemn homophobic publications such as the Rolling Stone, and to publicly condemn homophobia in Uganda. It is time for the Ugandan government to start educating Ugandans to stop homophobia. Please sign this petition to the Ugandan Government and to President Yoweri Museveni to end homophobia in Uganda.

""Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood" - Coretta Scott King

Homophobia anywhere, is a threat to freedom everywhere.
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bwankwanzi olivia (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual readers in response to this story on 13/07/2010 tagged with human rights
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There is nothing to be ashamed of, God created us differently and we all ought to tolerate and respect each other so as to live in the community harmoniously. What surprises me most is the hypocrisy of our people. They would rather live in denial than face their challenges. It will take people like you and me for the future generations to live free of fear and intimidation.
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masumbuku (user currently living in KENYA) posted for gay lesbian straight readers on 19/05/2010 tagged with illegality of male to male relationships
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I have always wondered why people out rightly condemned the gays and lesbians.My story is like this: We had planed to hold one of the most secret meeting on how we could silently practice our rights in a given village.But to our dismay,we couldn't tell how the security agencies came to realize about it. We were rounded but being late in the night we managed to escape from the trap. This has just happened just recently.As active members, we encourage others to join us in the fight of our fundamental rights
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