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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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(user currently living in UGANDA) posted for readers on 29/11/2013 tagged with human rights +10
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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.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/international-criminal-court-investigate-and-prosecute-the-top-3-homophobic-ugandans-for-crimes-against-humanity
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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
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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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(user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for gay readers on 03/02/2011 +10
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THE AUDIO PRESENTATION THAT IS INSPIRING AN INTERNATIONAL OUTCRY AGAINST UGANDA - DAVID KATO MURDERED AND OTHERS LOCKED IN PRISONS FOR LIFE JUST FOR BEING GAY

THE AUDIO PRESENTATION THAT IS DESTINED TO CHANGE THE ENTIRE CONTINENT OF AFRICA – CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO LISTEN:
http://betweentheraindrops.podomatic.com/entry/2011-01-29T13_39_26-08_00
"Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere"
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

GLOBAL AUTHOR

Internationally Acclaimed Author and Lecturer Terry Angel Mason



Uganda, My Heart Weeps for You!

A GLOBAL AUTHOR'S RESPONSE TO THE PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE GENOCIDE IN UGANDA -- by Terry Angel Mason

Uganda, Uganda, my heart weeps for you! For you kill, murder, and imprison the innocent (those who express love differently) in the name of The Righteous One, but it is clear that you do not know Him!

Like America, you label them pedophiles and child molesters, yet continue to close your eyes to the true heterosexual offenders, allowing them to continually rape your children and infect them with AIDS; men who foolishly believe that this will cure them from the pandemic.

It has been said that you freed yourself from the tyranny and oppression of a king (Mwanga) who was demented, greedy, self-serving and who defiled the people and if these things be true, then this is good! But you forgot that even though he was said to be corrupt and accused of raping the people both physically and emotionally for years, still we must judge each human being by their own conduct, character, and deeds, and not punish the innocent for another's sins.

Uganda, Uganda, my heart weeps for you because even though the rain falls frequently upon your land in the south and beautiful lakes run through your northern region, they have not cleansed you from your transgressions for you are still blinded by hatred, fear, and intolerance, and cannot see that the sun rises upon the just and the unjust, so that all men may be wooed to the Creator by love and mercy and not by hatred and discrimination!

For hundreds of years other nations robbed you of your wealth, stole your children and carried them away to foreign lands and enslaved them. Even today, in many regions of your country you suffer from extreme poverty because of usury and exploitation from men who lusted after your riches, saw you could not defend yourself, and carried them away to distant lands.

You must be very careful lest the handwriting of God also appear in judgment for your offenses and likewise be written upon your walls and inscribed in your Constitution now laced with fear and intolerance, having been saturated by the influence of misguided, self-seeking American Evangelists, these words spoken by the prophet Daniel: "MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN" The interpretation:
"God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; TEKEK: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting; PERES: Your kingdom has been divided, and given to another!"

Thousands of you marched in your city streets to rid yourself of a sin that you say will most certainly bring the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah upon your land; but like the Scribes and the Pharisees of Jesus' day, legalism and an incorrect interpretation of the Holy Scriptures have blinded you.

Because of your hatred for what you do not understand, The Prince of Darkness deceives you yet again; prostituting you like the demented king you managed to free yourself from decades ago; have you still not heard the words of Jesus who said, "He was a murderer from the beginning?"

Uganda, Uganda, my heart weeps for you! Don't you know that you cannot kill the innocent, batter and abuse your children, and lock them away in dungeons of cruelty for life simply because you refuse to accept who they really are without the very King of the Universe (whom you claim you worship), championing their cause, and lifting his righteous hand of justice and judgment against you?

He has heard the voices of the children devastated by earthquakes and disaster in Chile, Mexico and Haiti and He has freed the oppressed in America from hundreds of years of discrimination. He has even delivered the Jews from the oppression of a mighty pharaoh (once thought invincible) in Egypt. Surely, He will not turn a deaf ear to innocent same-gender-loving people in your country, nor allow you to murder them without cause and your land and your people not be judged for doing so!
Uganda, Uganda, I alone do not weep, "FOR A VOICE WAS HEARD IN RAMAH, WEEPING AND GREAT MOURNING, RACHEL WEEPING FOR HER CHILDREN; AND SHE REFUSED TO BE COMFORTED, BECAUSE THEY WERE NO MORE!" (Matthew 2:18)
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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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bweya1712 (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay readers on 11/04/2010 tagged with illegality of male to male relationships +9
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i do love the part where you state that "There is no need to be registered on the website, and your story will be completely anonymous" To some of us, we ask ourselves when will that day come that i will feel safe and live openly. being gay in Uganda has put me through a lot, lost jobs, family and friends now running away from the state. i some times pray and ask God to make me like others, so that the world focuses on other people not me. Straight people think we much love to be who we are. i pray for a world where being straight is being gay. I pray that i get to stay in a free land. Being gay for me is being normal and happy.
Nothing much i can say about being gay in Uganda but only to say that its not normal to stay in Uganda if you are gay because you are reminded of your sexuality and its made an issue of life and death.
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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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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.


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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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Kato Killing Must Serve as Catalyst for Change
US president has mourned murder of Ugandan Gay activist – Ugandan leaders should do the same.
By Veronica Oakeshott - International Justice - ICC
ACR Issue 287,
2 Feb 11

Veronica Oakeshott

Veronica Oakeshott
IWPR Consultant

I met David Kato on his last trip to the United Kingdom, just a few months before his brutal murder last week. He was in London to attend an international conference on HIV and AIDS.

It is hard to imagine someone so physically small taking on the Ugandan establishment, but that is exactly what this softly spoken gay rights activist did, every day of his life.

While Ugandan politicians debated new anti-gay legislation, religious leaders preached the evils of homosexuality and newspapers printed vitriol and incited violence, Kato talked passionately about his right to live safely and openly as a gay man.

He did not dwell on the time he spent in hiding or in jail for his activism, but simply pointed to the impossibility of doing HIV prevention work amongst the gay community in such circumstances.

A few days ago, battered to death in his home, this tiny man paid the ultimate price for his huge courage.

His murder was the culmination of 16 months of terror for the Ugandan gay community.

In October 2009, David Bahati, a Ugandan member of parliament, introduced an anti-homosexuality bill into parliament. The bill proposed the death penalty for homosexuals who pass on the AIDS virus; life imprisonment for “intent to commit homosexuality”; and a public requirement to report gays to the authorities.

There was condemnation from around the world - but in Uganda the bill was widely welcomed. It is currently making its way through parliament.

Kato and his colleague Frank Mugisha, chair of the human rights organisation Sexual Minorities Uganda, were two men who dared speak out. Finding little sympathy at home, they travelled abroad to highlight their struggle and call for help.

In early 2010, as policy adviser to the UK’s all-party group on HIV and AIDS, I organised Mugisha’s visit to the Westminster parliament to meet the then foreign office minister and openly gay legislator, Chris Bryant. It was, for Mugisha, a vision of what politics could be like.

“At this moment [in Uganda] it would be political suicide for a [member of parliament] to come out and support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people,” he marvelled.

Six months later, back in Uganda, the national newspaper, Rolling Stone (unrelated to the US magazine of the same name), splashed a story across its front page, outing Uganda’s “top one hundred homos”. The piece gave names and addresses of gay men - amongst them Mugisha and Kato, whose faces were pictured in the paper. On the front page a banner read, “Hang them!”

The lives of both men were in danger but instead of hiding, they fought back. Kato successfully took the newspaper to court winning the paltry sum of 1.5 million Ugandan shillings (650 US dollars) for invasion of privacy and a permanent injunction preventing Rolling Stone from running a similar story again.

The court case was still running when I saw Kato last November at the London AIDS conference. Even then, after months of hell, he was in fighting form, reminding delegates that gay rights were not just about privacy but the right to be open about who you are, without fear.

He was politely heard out, even praised for his bravery by some delegates, but a few others - also supposedly AIDS experts - tried to cut discussion of gay rights short with remarks like, “It is nothing to do with us”, or “These are private matters”.

But Kato’s murder shows how wrong they were. Someone wielding a hammer killed Kato, but it was public opinion, stoked up by the press, and certain preachers and politicians, that turned him into a figure of hate.

In the end, it must be Ugandans themselves who decide they have gone too far. But despite the murder, there are no signs of a change of heart. Even the pastor at Kato’s funeral last Friday, according to Reuters, saw fit to denounce homosexuality, saying, “People are turning away from the scriptures. They should turn back; they should abandon what they are doing.”

Meanwhile, the managing editor of Rolling Stone said in a statement that he condemned the murder of Kato and felt sorry for his family, but told the London-based Guardian that he had “no regrets” about publishing Rolling Stone’s front page story.

The president of the United States has found time to make a statement mourning Kato’s death. It is time for Ugandan leaders to do the same.

If Kato’s death can be a catalyst for change, he will not have died in vain.

Veronica Oakeshott is an IWPR consultant, currently coordinating an election-reporting project in Nigeria.

The views expressed in this article are not necessarily the views of IWPR.
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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
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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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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
member of gays and lesbians rights uganda
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(user currently living in UGANDA) posted for readers in response to this story on 26/09/2011 +5
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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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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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samuel semakula (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay readers on 30/01/2012 tagged with at the work place +5
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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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(user currently living in BELGIUM) posted for gay bisexual straight readers on 30/03/2013 +5
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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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AMBROSE BARIGYE (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay readers on 30/01/2014 tagged with health, hiv/aids , human rights +5
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LIFE AS BOTH A GAY MAN AND AN LGBTIQ ACTIVIST IN HOMOPHOBIC UGANDA:

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.

MY LIFE AS A GAY ACTIVIST:
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.
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Ambrose Barigye
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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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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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ssemakula (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay lesbian readers on 19/07/2014 +5
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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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kintu ivan (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay readers on 05/02/2013 +4
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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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Kayigoma Ronnie Lule (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay readers on 26/10/2012 tagged with tourism, at the work place +4
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BEING AN LGBTI/MSM/S/ACTIVIST IN UGANDA

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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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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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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stephen (user currently living in UGANDA) posted for gay readers on 08/09/2010 +0
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Am Muhwezi Stephen, the founder of Rainbow Uganda , a community based organisation in western uganda with its operation center in Mbarara, this area has got a number of university's and its been growing, according to the goverment , Mbarara will be granted a city status, soon though its still being tabled, the population of the LGBT people is growing tremendously and yet there on services that close to then,

our work plan is to establish an LGBT resource center, that will offer

safe “drop-in” space; developing programming in support of visibility, education, and outreach; opening an LGBT library; providing advice, referral, and counseling; and maintaining stability and continuity in developed programs.


we are inquiring, how and when would we submit in our work plan / proposal, when need help to make western uganda an LGBT friendly society, and to help our brother and sisters in the process of coming out

the moderator
Rainbow uganda
p.o.box 1611 mbarara, Uganda

rainbowuganda@yahoo.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rainbowuganda
FACEBOOK……. rainbowuganda
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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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