Friday, 1 August 2014

And Here It Ends - For Now

Kasha Jacqueline and other LGBT campaigners
jubilant at the news.

We are taking a break at Kill the Bill in light of Ugandan court overturns anti-gay law that halted Western aid today. 

The new ruling, which can be appealed, voids a statute signed into law by the president in February and which had broad support in the religiously conservative east African nation.

Ugandan MPs are sure to move to reintroduce the bill, this time in such a way that it cannot be thrown out on a technicality, but for now we take a deep breath and smile.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Shinners, Full 51 Minutes of Fame

We mentioned the UK hate preacher, Paul Shinners, who was filmed preaching in favour of killing gay people (before the clause was removed from the bill).

Despite claiming he had never been to Uganda, when faced with the evidence, his reaction was laughable:

He immediately played the victim card after his presence in Uganda, and the hate message he conveyed to those attending a religious rally organised by David Kiganda, was exposed by the Freethinker, and by bloggers Melanie Nathan in San Francisco and Daniel Law in the UK.

He accused us all of defamation, and – via a local newspaper – demanded an apology. He said he was being unfairly pilloried, and that his Cornerstone CafĂ© in St Neots had suffered as a result of the allegations made against him.

No concern at all for the suffering of the Ugandan LGBT community because of his own actions.

So, here's the full 51-minute rampage by Shinners, courtesy of the stop Shinners campaign blog (and Facebook group). Just to make sure we didn't get anything out of context...

If that's sending you to sleep, there's a brief rundown here.

If you are in the UK, write to your MP and the House of Lords to ask why this man is not being investigated by the Charity Commission. 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Bobi Wine Bottoms Out of UK Tour

We're bored of uploading pictures of Bobi Wine, so we thought we'd use an artist's impression this time.

Startling resemblance.

After the petition against this homophobic singer (we hesitate to use the word 'entertainer' as that would imply there is something entertaining about him), we have a result:

Representatives from the Troxy Theatre in London and the Drum Theatre in Birmingham confirmed they told promoters for rapper Bobi Wine their establishments would not allow someone who promotes discrimination.

Good call, UK. 

Shame the Border Agency didn't rule it out first.

Meanwhile: Bobi Wine’s brother arrested with missing school girl

Monday, 28 July 2014

Sweden Resumes Aid

Unimpressive announcement by Sweden today, who have decided to resume direct aid to Uganda:

The Swedish embassy in Kampala announced Monday it will provide $200 million (£117.8 million) in development support to Uganda over the next five years...
In a statement issued by the foreign ministry in Stockholm last Thursday, Engstrom also said: “I will specifically monitor the situation of women’s rights and LGBT rights..."

How is that Engstrom, by putting on a blindfold and sticking your fingers in your ears?

In case you hadn't noticed, gay people don't have any rights. Especially where access to healthcare is concerned. I'm sure Sweden's six-month slap on the wrist is already forgotten. 

Friday, 25 July 2014

Uganda Applauds Gay Kiss

John Barrowman is one of the UK's best-loved gay celebrities. Glitter, glitz and entertainment are his trade, so it's hardly surprising to see him kissing at the Commonwealth Games.

What is mind-blowingly surprising is Uganda's reaction:

Grace Eriyo, a coach with the Ugandan team, has praised the kiss. 
She was quoted in The Times as saying: ‘Where we come from it is illegal to kiss a man, but here you can have it on the TV, right in front of the Queen. 
‘To me that is so great.’

Grace, you've just shot to the top of everyone's adoration list. What a brave, beautiful, and hope-inspiring thing to say. It becomes too easy from the media to believe that all Ugandans are hate-filled towards gay people. You are a shining example of why we must never generalise, and why the future of human rights in Uganda rests with the individual. We think you're pretty darn great yourself.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Homophobe Bobi Wine to Play UK

Ugly Face of Homophobia:
Bobi Wine

[UPDATE‘Burn the gays’ rapper axed from UK venues: "Representatives from the Troxy Theatre in London and the Drum Theatre in Birmingham confirmed they told promoters for rapper Bobi Wine their establishments would not allow someone who promotes discrimination."]

Remember the time singer Bobi Wine called Obama a 'fag' for protecting gay rights? Or the time he spouted the tiresome 'Adam and Steve' line?

Such lovely lyrics:

If you’re a man, you better be a man. If you’re a girl, you better stay a girl. Question, why do you do the abomination? Some men dress like a bitch and get it like a bitch. They stink like fish. Fire will burn the batty man. Burn all the batty man. All Ugandans get behind me and fight the batty man.

Yup, prize prick Bobi Wine is now headed to play concerts in Birmingham and London

It's not the first petition against Wine's entry to the UK. There's another one calling on a Europe-wide ban of his batty-hating antics.

More importantly than signing the petitions, please contact the following directly:

Home Secretary Theresa May: / Fax: +44 .20 7219 1145

Immigration Minister:

And copy to the following Home Office & UKBA addresses:

If you know the venues he will be playing at, please post links in a comment below, and contact them directly.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Don't Pray Away the Gay

Anthropologist & Social Science Researcher
Stella Nyanzi

Nice little article here by Uganda-based Anthropologist Stella Nyanzi:

To heal a homosexual and cure the homosexuality out of the system would be like curing me of my blackness or healing me from my womanhood. Blackness is not sickness. Being woman is not an illness. Homosexuality is neither a disease nor an illness.

Nice selection of comments and responses included.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Trans Woman Beaten Blind

Hush (“Mich”) Ainebyona
In September 2012, MtF transgender Mich Ainebyona was brutally attacked outside a bar in Kampala. Since then, her eyesight has been failing. There is now an appeal to pay for medical treatment to try to save her sight. You can read more in the following article, as well as Mich's story in her own words: Seeking to save the eyesight of battered trans Ugandan

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

US U-Turn on International Homophobia

The Bill's Primary Sponsor Rep. John Tierney

We read this article with interest:

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives Wednesday would bolster the State Department's ability to fight discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals abroad, its bipartisan sponsors say.

The bill would direct the department to make LGBT rights a foreign policy priority, develop a strategy to prevent LGBT discrimination and appoint a special envoy to handle those efforts.

The envoy would help coordinate activities between the State Department and other governments, non-governmental organizations and -- if appropriate -- the private sector to address LGBT discrimination globally...

Why are we so surprised by this?

Because it was only last year that the US Supreme Court was saying the exact opposite:

Still, who are we to argue with progress? 

Whilst we're onthe topic, a good article by Kevin Watkins: Time to Act on LGBT Rights in Africa, which advocates a change in approach by foreign countris:

While gay rights are advancing in the world's richest countries, across much of Africa they are in retreat. Homosexuality is illegal in 36 of the region's 55 countries. Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people are being criminalized through draconian legislation. Gay Nigerians face up to 14 years in prison and their Ugandan counterparts face life. In a particularly ugly twist, Ugandan citizens are also required to report on 'gay suspects'...

Ultimately, civil rights struggles are fought through domestic politics. In Africa, as in Harvey Milk's America, the struggle for LGBT will be won by people forming broad alliances for changes. Western governments cannot deliver change. But they can do far more to support the people who can.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Quaker Railroad Helps 107 LGBT Ugandans

With all the Christian organisations promoting discrimination against gay people, claiming that they're Nazis, and selling coffee to raise funds to persecute them, it is truly refreshing to see one Christian organisation trying to help Uganda's LGBT community.

A group of Quakers calling themselves Friends New Underground Railroad (FNUR) formed to take action and help gays and lesbians in Uganda escape persecution.

So far they have assisted an estimated 107 people to escape from Uganda, leaving egg on the face of Scott Long from Human Rights Watch whose most constructive comment was:

This is not the kind of stuff that well-meaning amateurs can do

Well, apparently it is Scott. 

Margret Nazziwa

Margret Nazziwa

What is it about the UK and Ugandan lesbians?

After a protest outside the Home Office, Margaret Nazziwa was informed that she was to be released instead of deported yesterday. 

That's a better result than being deported like Prossie N or murdered like Jackie Nanyonjo.

Congratulations Margret, we hope that you can start to rebuild your life after Yarls Wood.

Monday, 14 July 2014

US Sanctions Overview

Although the US aren't the only country imposing sanctions or speaking out against the Anti-homosexuality Bill, they are the ones coming under closest scrutiny.

Here's a comprehensive rundown of the sanctions the US have in place at the moment.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Lokodo Case Ruling

Holy Mother. Hands up who honestly thought we'd ever live to see this day?

After the trial was delayed not once, not twice, not thrice, but four times, we just assumed it was never going to happen. 

But it has.

And the ruling is exactly as you'd expect:

Human Rights Watch has condemned a recent Ugandan court ruling against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists, whose workshop on rights advocacy was broken up two years ago by the government.  HRW says the ruling is part of a pattern of intimidation of activists. 
In February 2012, Uganda’s Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo, stormed into a human rights workshop run by gay and lesbian activists in Entebbe and shut it down. 
The organizers sued Lokodo, arguing that the workshop was intended to develop advocacy and leadership skills.  But on Wednesday Uganda’s High Court ruled against the activists, saying Lokodo had acted in the public interest by protecting Ugandan moral standards.

Rights groups weren't the only ones saying it's unconstitutional. Credit where credit is due for Ugandan MP Fox Odoi. We dearly hope he still has a job, he's far too good for this parliament.

No doubt this ruling had an effect on the closure of LGBT workshops.

Ban on LGBT Workshops

After closing down the Refugee Law Project, Uganda's parliament has now banned all LGBT workshops, including those to do with HIV/AIDS Awareness:

The Ugandan High Court has endorsed the government closure of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights workshop, saying that workshop participants were ‘promoting’ or ‘inciting’ same-sex acts. The judgement relied on a single statement from an ‘ex-gay’ who said that the organisation was ‘training homosexual youths to safely engage in the same-sex practices by distributing condoms.’

Let's just rewind in time to January 2013. SMUG were suing the hilariously titled Minister for Ethics & Integrity for arresting people at an LGBT workshop, long before the law was passed. The point disputed was that every citizen has the constitutional right to assembly. Only, SMUG never got to take Lokodo to trial, because the judge delayed the case long enough for the pending anti-gay bill to pass, criminalising gay people. And, of course, criminals don't have a right to assembly.

Sneaky little super villains.

[CORRECTION: No sooner did we post this, then we saw the ruling. Apparently the case wasn't dropped, but the results were as disappointing as you'd expect.]

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Students Arrested

Following hot on the heels of Kenya's gay roundup and the first arrests of Ugandans under the Bahati Bill:

The newspaper reports that those arrested include a teacher, two students, and two businessmen. Police reportedly arrested the group over the course of a week, after locals informed police of their suspicions that the group was "carrying out clandestine movements in both primary and secondary schools in the district, luring the pupils and students" into homosexuality...

Wow, a police officer's job must be so easy in Uganda. People just tell you who to arrest, no need for evidence or anything like that. Almost as good as the 1600s in Europe when you could just point accusingly at someone and shout 'witch'!

Who says Uganda isn't at the forefront of African development?

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

For the Children

Aw, isn't that sweet? Uganda's PMs were only doing it for the kids - and only the straight ones.

Following reduced aid from the United States and other nations, Ugandan officials are claiming its harsh anti-gay bill signed into law in February was never intended to discriminate against gays and lesbians, but instead its sole purpose is to protect the children of Uganda.

Uganda's love of its children is well documented. When they aren't being raped on an epidemic scale, they are being forcibly removed from school, branded as gay, and ritually humiliated. A more nurturing environment it is difficult to imagine.

Even the head of Ethics & Integrity reckons raping girls is perfectly natural.

The KKK - Sorry, CCC.

The Campus Crusade for Christ, CCC, also known simply as 'the Cru' to its homies, is a US evangelical mission bent of sowing the seeds of homophobia in Africa.

Remarkably, CCC is No. 20 on Forbes magazine’s list of the largest charity organizations in America, with $548 million in annual receipts in 2013, $503 million of which are donations. (Presumably the rest are Cru-branded sweatshirts.) This is an impressive achievement, to put it mildly—most of the other top 20 are household names such as United Way and the Salvation Army. 
As its former name implies, Cru is best known for its campus outreach: Bible study groups and the like. But it also has a powerful international arm—there are a lot more eligible converts in Africa than at your typical college kegger, after all—which runs missionary work and conferences... 
According to Truth Wins Out, CCC has been active in Uganda for more than a decade, bringing Holocaust revisionist-turned-anti-gay zealot Scott Lively to the country in 2002.

If you fancy messing with them a little, like sending your spent copies of Out Magazine through the post, here's the address:

New Life Resources
665 Highway 74 South, Suite 350
Peachtree City, GA. 30269

Tel: 1-800-827-2788

Or, to offer your (sperm) donations: 1-888-278-7233

Mon.-Fri. 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Eastern Time, Select Option 1 or 2 

It would seem they accept more than one option in automated telephone forwarding, but not in love.

You can also find their domain registry info on WhoIs.

Meanwhile: Obama’s Evangelical Gravy TrainDespite the president’s promise to cut funding to discredited HIV and pregnancy prevention programs, taxpayer dollars are still bankrolling anti-gay, anti-choice conservative religious groups.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Kenya Joins Uganda in Rounding up Gays

Kenya, which has been considered relatively sane in comparison to Uganda (though never by much), as suddenly decided to round up suspected LGBT people:

Sixty people have been arrested at Club Envy in Nairobi for "suspected homosexuality,"..."The arrests at Envy had nothing to do with Mututho law but just trying to suppress the visibility of gays and lesbians," recording artists and LGBT advocate Joji Baro... 
Today's news of the arrests in Nairobi comes in the shadow of international headlines reporting 29 dead along Kenya's tourist-heavy eastern coastline, possibly at the hands of Somali terrorist group Al Shabab.

Ah, suddenly it starts to make sense. Uganda uses homophobia as a deflection from its breathtaking corruption, meanwhile Kenyatta uses it to detract from his abysmal grip on national security.

If in doubt, arrest the gays: plague, divorce, terrorism. You name it, then blame it.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Kuchus’ Day Out

A little ray of sunshine through the gloom.

About 100 people gathered on a Ugandan beach last weekend to  celebrate LGBT solidarity in an increasingly anti-gay country — and to have fun. 
The event, called Kuchus’ Day Out, was organized by the anti-AIDS and pro-LGBT rights advocacy group Youth on Rock Foundation. The word  “kuchu” — Ugandan slang for “gay” — is a term that LGBT people have reclaimed as their own.

We hope everyone had a fabulous time.

Monday, 30 June 2014

UN's Growing Anti-Gay Agenda

A very interesting article. Perhaps the promotion of Sam Kutesa is just the tip of an expanding iceberg:

The United Nations Human Rights Council has just voted on a resolution that, analysts believe, could be used to undermine LGBT rights. Is an emerging anti-gay presence in the UN something we should be concerned about? 
The resolution sounds innocuous enough. It commits the United Nations to recognizing “the family” as “the natural and fundamental group unit of society” which is “entitled to protection by society and the State” as well as discussing each member states obligations to those protections. 
The kicker here is who supported the resolution and how they framed it. Authored by Egypt and Sierra Leone and supported by nations like,Uganda and, most prominently, Russia, the resolution has been welcomed by religious conservatives across the globe as a measure that commits the UN to fighting for the “traditional family.”

Protection of 'the family' is indeed Scott Lively's favourite crusade term, and also the name of a very creepy anti-gay movement in the US

The resolution may not just be toxic to LGBT rights, however. Religious conservative pro-life groups have also cheered its passing, with the so-called Society for the Protection of the Unborn of the UK saying in a statement that this resolution is “truly historic.” There is cause, then, to think that this resolution might be a foundation for furthering the anti-choice movement at the UN too.

Trust us when we say 'you really don't want to go down this route.'

Oh, what's that? Too late? Yes, certainly is to salvage any shred of human rights credibility the UN still have... which, honestly, has never been much.

Excellent US Coverage of Uganda

Fantastic and entertaining coverage of the UN's support for Sam Kutesa.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Commonwealth Condemned as Ugandans Flee

Both the Commonwealth and UN have recently promoted lead Ugandan homophobes to positions of power within their institutions. 80% of Commonwealth countries criminalise gay people.

'We are calling on 42 Commonwealth countries to repeal their criminalisation of same-sex relationships and to protect their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens against discrimination and hate crime - in accordance with the principles of the Commonwealth Charter,' said Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation. 
'We are urging the organisers of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July to require every competing nation to sign a pledge to not discriminate in the selection of athletes for their national team. Article 7 of the Commonwealth Games Federation constitution prohibits all discrimination. But it is widely believed that most Commonwealth nations would refuse to select a LGBT athlete,' he said. 
Peter Tatchell has written to the Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, David Grevemberg, asking him to ensure that all countries participating in the Commonwealth Games sign a non-discrimination pledge. 
See the letter here:

The Commonwealth, perhaps. Common sense - not so much.

According to organizers of Ken's U.S. speaking engagements and media interviews, not only Ken himself but the entire organization he represents would be in grave danger if his identity were known to those opponents of LGBT rights back home in Kenya.
"In our organization, we have 102 members who have come from Uganda in order to escape the antihomosexuality law and the violence and oppression it has created," Ken tells The Advocate in a phone interview.
Since Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act into law in February, virtually any Ugandan arriving at a refugee camp in Kenya is automatically assumed to be an LGBT person by other refugees, Ken says. The draconian law prescribes life in prison for many LGBT people and lengthy jail terms for anyone who "conspires" to commit homosexuality, or supports, houses, or affirms an LGBT person.
"The thinking is that Uganda is a relatively stable country for this region," says Ken. "The only reason to be a refugee from Uganda is because you are running away from the antigay law, because you are gay."
That assumption has led to acts of violence, deprivation of basic necessities, and the ostracizing of both LGBT and non-LGBT Ugandan refugees living inside Kenyan refugee camps.

May all those leaving their homeland to find safety find what they are looking for. May the Western douchebags who helped implement this regime of violence be held accountable for it.

Hillary Clinton 'Ridiculed' by Museveni

Yes, it's a plug for her book, but what the hay. It's always interesting to learn about behind-the-scenes politics. Or behind-the-Scene in this case.

In her new memoir Hard Choices she says she unsuccessfully urged President Museveni to halt the passage of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act. 
“He ridiculed my concerns,” she says. 
Clinton has also revealed her anger at the 2011 murder of Ugandan LGBT rights campaigner David Kato
“David was killed in what police said was a robbery but it was more likely an execution,” Clinton writes.

Yeah, you know it Clinton. But whatcha gonna do about it?

How about giving those who promoted his murder a cushty job at the UN?

Biden & Stipe Speak Out

US Vice President Joe Biden

A busy week for speaking out. 

US Vice President Joe Biden made a rousing speech about the sanctity of human rights globally:

“I don’t care what your culture is,” Biden told about 100 guests at the Naval Observatory’s vice presidential mansion, The Associated Press reports. “Inhumanity is inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice.” 
Biden said that nations which fail to protect LGBT people have a “price to pay for being inhumane.” Biden agreed with White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice’s comments earlier this week that global discrimination against gays is a cricitical international human rights issue at the top of the U.S. priority list. 
“Governments are responsible for protecting the rights of all citizens, and it is incumbent upon the state, and on each of us, to foster tolerance and to reverse the tide of discrimination,” Rice said earlier on Tuesday. “To achieve lasting global change, we need everyone’s shoulder at the wheel; With more voices to enrich and amplify the message — the message that gay rights are straight-up human rights — we can open more minds.”

And, following in the footsteps of Elton John, REM lead singer Michael Stipe added his voice to the mix by releasing a video prasing LGBT Ugandans for their courage.

Paul Shinners Hate Video

This is Paul Shinners, a UK preacher and head of a charity (No.1131321) that the Charity Commission of England & Wales pointedly refused to investigate.

He is making a hate speech in favour of the Kill the Gays Bill back in 2012, having claimed that he had never been to Uganda. He is most probably using publicly donated funds from his charity to pay for this trip, headlining alongside lead Kill the Gays supporter (the death penalty clause had not been removed by this point) David Kiganda.

When alerted to Paul Shinners' actions, the Charity Commission took over one year to respond to an enquiry, and only then to say:

Following your concerns raised with the Commission in January 2013 about the charity’s trustee, Mr Shinners, the Charity Commission contacted him requesting an explanation of how his attendance at the event in Uganda to which you refer was in pursuit of charitable purposes. Mr Shinners explained why his attendance at the event was appropriate charitable activity, vigorously denied making any homophobic statements and took steps to make this publicly known.

Well, that's alright then Charity Commission... 

We renew our calls for Paul Shinners to be struck off as a Charity Trustee in the United Kingdom, and for the Charity Commission of England & Wales to start an immediate investigation into Passion for Souls Ministries, explaining how this is a charitable use of money: @ChtyCommission

Stay up-to-date on Shinners via Facebook and this blog. If you're still not too sure who he is, you can search this blog for a back catalogue of his abuses.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Uganda Hitting Vulnerable People

Oh diddums.

If there's anyone who knows about hitting vulnerable people, it's the Ugandan Government. They even beat up peaceful protesters.

Whereas it's true that persecuting LGBT people is bad for the economy:

Since passing laws mandating the life in prison for “homosexual acts” in February, Uganda has seen its currency weaken considerably, with US dollars now costing nearly 6% more since the day the law was signed. 

Much of the aid money is being re-routed to local NGOs, working directly with vulnerable people, rather than continuing to go to politicians who corruptly pocket the money for a new mansion or a BMW. 

It's a bit of a change of tune for a government that was only a few weeks ago saying 'we don't need international aid.'

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Pigs in Parliament

No, for once we're not talking about the politicians.

Two Ugandan students and police have been arrested after two painted pigs were smuggled past tight parliament security in a protest against political corruption and youth unemployment.
The pigs, painted yellow - the colour of the ruling National Resistance Movement - were smuggled by two university students for their protest in Kampala on Tuesday. The pigs also had slogans pinned to their ears condemning corruption.

The police responded by testing the pigs for 'terrorism related materials'. This time we hope they were talking about the politicians.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Sam Kutesa now President of UN General Assembly

(click to enlarge)

It's fairly hard to argue with a sentiment like that on a day like today.

Uganda's Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa was elected president of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday despite concerns among human rights advocates, Western governments and U.N. officials about his country's recently adopted anti-gay legislation. 
After his election by acclamation without a vote in the 193-nation General Assembly, Kutesa pledged to promote gender equality and women's rights and to continue a United Nations drive to eradicate poverty and combat climate change. He did not raise the issue of gay rights.

Of course he didn't, and nobody made him.

Besides, who's listening to Navi Pillay anyway? She's only a woman after all, and she makes the old boys at the UN uncomfortable with all her talk of queers.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Uganda Forcibly Closes Refugee Law Project

An NGO based at Makerere University, which:

[W]orks to ensure that all people access, recover and enjoy their sexual and gender being and rights, and to raise global awareness of the close relationship between violations of sexuality and gender, and patterns of forced migration.

Has been forced to cease operations under the new anti-homosexuality bill.

The Ugandan government has restricted the activities of a group accused of ‘promoting homosexuality, a crime under the Anti-Homosexuality Act.
The Refugee Law Project (RLP), whose office hosts the coalition of activists opposing the anti-LGBTI law, has been under investigation since mid-March...
RLP confirmed it had received letters from the Minister of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees and other government officials ordering it to suspend some of its activities.

Even before the bill was assented, the government was closing down schools for reports of homosexuality, and the bill's requirement that you must report anyone you suspect of being gay creates a fundamental failure in doctor-patient confidentiality, leading to a lack of health care for LGBTI people.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

UK's Legacy of LGBTI Abuse

Harriet Nakigudde

The UK seems to be on a one-track persecution mission against Ugandan lesbians at the moment:

And now Harriet Nakigudde:

UK to deport lesbian to Uganda for ‘being single for five years’: A 30-year-old woman who was raped by her uncle, leaving relationships traumatic, will be deported tomorrow

The UK government will be deporting a lesbian back to Uganda as she has been single for five years.
Harriet Nakigudde, 30, applied for asylum in the UK fearing for her life because of her sexuality.
The asylum seeker, who first came to the country in 2009, fled her native country after an event that left her deeply traumatized.
In 2008, her uncle raped her to ‘cure’ her sexuality. Following this, her family disowned her and she was forced to leave Uganda.

The UK's treatment of vulnerable women is disgusting, and their detention centres are already known for sexually abusing inmates. The international community is horrifically failing Uganda's abused LGBT victims.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Africa's First Openly Gay Minister & MTN's Shame

Zakhele Mbhele

The appointment of Zakhele Mbhele, Africa's first openly gay minister, in South Africa is certainly a momentous occasion.

However, we find his success tainted by the fact that South Africa continues to support an extremely homophobic Ambassador to Uganda, Jon Qwelane. Just Google his name to read about his legacy of hate. 

Not only is Qwelane the South African Ambassador to Uganda, he is also a trustee of the MTN Foundation.


Use the above to contact MTN Uganda to tell them that it is not okay to have Jon Qwelane promoting their charity.

How can South Africa promote equality at home whilst exporting gay hate abroad?