~~February 16, 2014~~
I can’t get this out of my mind.
I’ve know about this situation for more than one year. Back then I couldn’t believe that this could be happening in the 21st century. Well, it is. And Uganda is not the only country in the world going back in time, taking steps against progress and acceptance against a reality of life.
I have read so much about this topic of intolerance, persecution, discrimination, abuse, violence and murder of this group in out society that I don’t know where to start.
I found an excellent source of information, activism and education through Ms. Melanie Nathan from … http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/about/
“Melanie Nathan, the publisher of this BLOG, is a lawyer, mediator, equality activist, and human rights advocate who speaks and writes on issues impacting LGBTI communities around the world, with a focus on the U.S.A. and Africa.”
Many times it hits me …. we are lucky in America. We can express ourselves generally without fear of persecution. There is no police presence. There is no fear of being who you are. There was no fear in dancing together and letting it all “hang out”.
Last night, as we danced to our hearts content, awful things are happening in Uganda.
This situation is set to get even worse. It seems that the world is turning a blind eye to this reality. Something needs to be done.
~~I WILL REPEAT THIS INFORMATION AGAIN IN CASE YOU MISSED IT~~
CNN WORLD REPORTS UGANDAN PRESIDENT READY TO SIGN BILL AND READY FOR WAR WITH WORLD’S GAYS
He may find his war will be with more than just us Gays.
~~CROSS POSTED CNN from as follows~~
Kampala, Uganda (CNN) — Uganda’s president Saturday vowed to sign sweeping anti-gay legislation, citing what he said were scientific, not political, considerations for a controversial measure in a country that already criminalizes homosexuality.
In a statement, President Yoweri Museveni declared debate on the legislation over and said he was not concerned about the expected international outcry. His remarks, made during a conference of the ruling National Resistance Movement, drew loud applause from supporters.
“We shall have a war with the homosexual lobby in the world, but backed by these people (scientists) and you,” he told supporters.
A Ugandan lawmaker first introduced the bill in 2009 with a death penalty clause for some homosexual acts. It was briefly shelved when Britain and other European nations threatened to withdraw aid to Uganda, which relies on millions of dollars from the international community.
The nation’s parliament passed the bill in December, supplanting the death penalty provision with a proposal of life in prison for “aggravated homosexuality.” It includes acts where one person is infected with HIV, “serial offenders” and sex with minors, Amnesty International said.
~~LIVING IN FEAR~~
Homosexuality is illegal in most African countries, where sodomy laws were introduced during colonialism. According to Amnesty International, homosexuality is illegal in 38 of 54 African countries. In Uganda, homosexual acts are punishable by 14 years to life in prison, according to rights activists.
But lawmakers in the conservative nation sought tougher legislation, saying the influence of Western lifestyles risks destroying family units.
Homosexuality is taboo in African countries and activists say few Africans are openly gay, fearing imprisonment, violence and loss of their jobs.
“Homosexuals need help. They are sick,” spokesman Tamale Mirundi said, explaining the president’s thinking. “Homosexuals were present in Africa in the past and were not persecuted.”
At the ruling party conference this week, however, Museveni said he was persuaded of the need to sign the bill by his scientific advisers, who cited, among other reasons, the “serious public health consequences” of homosexuality.
~~COMPREHENSIVE AND RESEARCHED REPORTING ON OBLOGDEE~~
Full Read/Articles: http://oblogdeeoblogda.me
In addition to reporting related news and stories, O-Blog-Dee-O-Blog-Da, serves as a platform for Nathan and her guests to highlight their work in a world where gay, lesbian, transgender, queer, intersex, and gender-free people are the subjects of persecution and discrimination.
Melanie was born in South Africa where she practiced as an attorney during the apartheid era.
She is a lawyer, is the founder of Private Courts, Inc., an advocacy and conflict resolution practice headquartered in the Bay Area, California.
Things are different in America even though incidents, including abuse and death have occurred. It’s still an uphill battle, major process has been made in “equality”.
No rampart, overt persecutions of the LGBT community
Employment security for the most part
There is no expulsion from major cities and towns
Evictions from home aren’t commonplace
Houses aren’t being burned to turn the people out
Tortures and beatings aren’t commonplace either
No tacit approval of the governing agencies
Mental anguish, though experience by some, isn’t the norm
We are able to gather peacefully and celebrate our pride parades
The list is long …. these are rights and privileges that the people of Uganda have slowly and steadily been loosing. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB) will be signed into law by the country’s president.
What will happen to our brothers and sisters who as left in a country were being what you are is against the law??
~~THIS ARE SOME OF AMERICA’S FINEST “OUT” CELEBRITIES~~
Ellen Page, is a Canadian actress. She started her career in Canada with roles in the television shows Pit Pony, Trailer Park Boys, and ReGenesis. Page ventured into films, winning attention after starring in 2005 drama Hard Candy, before her break through role as Juno (2007).
~~ELLEN DEGENERES AND LANCE BASS~~
Taylor Daniel Lautner is an American actor, model, and martial artist. Lautner is best known for playing Jacob Black in The Twilight Saga film series based on the novels of the same name by Stephenie Meyer.
Brian Boitano, the figure skating legend, announced he’s gay.
Turns out, Boitano had never addressed his sexuality publicly until recently … when he released a statement regarding his appointment to the U.S. delegation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Boitano says, “Being gay is just one part of who I am. First and foremost I am an American athlete and I am proud to live in a country that encourages diversity, openness and tolerance.”
~~CLAY AIKEN …. THINKING ABOUT RUNNING FOR POLITICAL OFFICE~~
Interesting source for more out, gay and proud: http://mockingwords.blogspot.com/2010/03/yeah-we-know.html
~~RICKY MARTIN … WHO DOESN’T KNOW RICKY MARTIN~~
~~JUST IMAGINE FOR A SECOND THAT AS AMERICANS WE DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE WHO WE ARE …. IMAGINE THAT WE NEED TO HIDE BECAUSE OTHERWISE OUR LIVES WOULD BE IN DANGER …. JUST IMAGINE~~
~~CRIES FOR HELP FROM UGANDA~~
“the landlord kicked me out of her apartment she got to know that im gay and i had paid till April she is threatening to tell the police and the police has been hunting for me, i need to find another place where to leave i have no money now please i need help.”
“As is in Nazi Germany, Hon.Simon Lokodo has a list!!
Minister of Ethics, Honorable Simon Lokodo, is carrying around a list (the convicted felon Martin Ssempa, too, apparently has one that he is working with) of what he calls filthy gays that must be brought down. On Hon. Lokodo’s list are corporate persons, business people, public entertainment figures, foreign residents, alleged LGBTI-supportive organizations in Uganda, as well as ordinary blue-collar citizens who wake up every morning and go to earn a living without making a single political or social wave.
Minister Lokodo is using the Kira Road and Ntinda police to secretly “investigate” them all to confirm where they live, what work they do etc., with a view to conducting blanket arrests, naming and shaming indiscriminately.
Minister Lokodo is making no secret of his intent to find and destroy the gays wherever they are. If he has to do it outside of the confines of legal proceedings, so be it – he will make up the law as he goes along. It won’t be the first time after all.
Word reaching yours truly is that arbitrary arrests are being planned whether President Yoweri Museveni signs the anti-gay bill or not. The arrests will be done stealthily and then publicity will be shone on them once the victims are apprehended.
Even as the anti-gay bill is being ping-ponged around Uganda’s corridors of power, President Museveni’s own cabinet minister is already at work on his own personal crusade, in connivance with a pliable police.
It seems safe to say that Museveni’s minister of Ethics and Integrity has already started executing his own, independent, response to President Museveni’s caustic rejection of the bill Parliament passed in late December 2013.
Fasten your seat belts, folks. It’s going to be a bumpy 2014.”
“what can I do? … its harsh for me …. my neighbors have thrown it in my face this morning that they am gay n president is already instructing them to work on me and they know I work for an LGBTI organization.”
Melanie Nathan Creates Rescue Fund to Help LGBT People Escape Africa
~I will take the liberty to “copy and paste” the information in the post to be able to fully disseminate in all ways possible~
“I have established a Rescue Fund to help persecuted LGBT Africans escape from their countries, as well as supporting safe housing, and quests for asylum.”
“All my advocacy work has been pro bono. I blog at http://www.oblogdeeoblogda.me, and use my writing as a platform for my advocacy work.
I learned at a young age about the Holocaust and scapegoating and the importance of Jews in the Diaspora to help others escape persecution.”
“As a member of the global LGBT community I could not sit back and ignore the plea for help generated by my writing, from Africa’s LGBTI community. The letters I have received will break your heart and they are numerous.”
“While the US has made strides in equality for LGBT people, African countries such as Uganda and Nigeria have passed Draconian legislation, that has served to increase persecution against gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.”
“Currently LGBTI people are being arrested, taunted, paraded in front of press, outed in tabloids, seized and assaulted in incidence of mob justice, and all this after being rejected, ostracized by family, friends and Government alike.”
“They are terified and have nowhere to turn, as President Museveni is poised to sign a Bill that will put many of them in prison for life.”
~~This is URGENT~~
The stories of rejection by parents, family and friends, the arrests under these laws and resulting assaults, insidious mob justice are horrendous. Many fear for their lives!
By contributing to this Rescue Fund you will help me to save more gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people from Africa escape terrifying persecution.
For some this is a matter of life or death. I have been doing this since 2010 and can no longer do it alone.
The need is far too great.”
“We need to raise as much as possible – there will be many more to help. The more we raise, the more we can do.
~~This is how the funds will be used~~
I have a list of 20 people who have been verified and need to escape from Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gambia and the list is growing. 100% of the funds raised will be used for fees for passports, visas, transport out of the countries, and safe shelter and food, pending escape.
Minimum per person is $3,250 approximately
$100 pays for passport
$200 pays for a visa
$350 provides food and shelter for a month in Africa pending escape
$1,100 – $1,600 buys an air ticket – or
Place of settlement – $1,000 travel cash
Legal fees – pro bono/accommodation donated
At this time there is not a single USA organization addressing this problem of direct funding to help victims escape.
Please write to me if you have specific questions you would like answered. Nathan@privatecourts.com
I will love to help more than 6 people. I have kept my goal low -$19,500. Though I would love to help all 20 for approximately $65,000.
Unfortunately without air tickets and visas, some people may have to escape across borders and in such event $800 each will cover immediate costs. This is not ideal as those people are usually housed in African refugee camps and it takes over 18 months for the UN to resettle them. Often their nightmare continues…. “
For full read/Article: http://purpleunions.com/blog/2014/02/melanie-nathan-creates-rescue-fund-to-help-lgbt-people-escape-africa.html
~~DR. REX’S WORDS~~
If this has moved your heart and has sparked any desire or need to help these people, our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community, I will be more than glad to connect you to Melanie Nathan. I can obtain information that you may need.
I’m willing to collect any amount of money that you are able to spare.
Every little bit helps.
Maryjane and I have already become involved and sent our donation.
I understand that finances are limited. I understand that all have obligations and responsibilities and bills to pay. But if you think you can spare something … doesn’t matter how small, it would be a great help.
Send me a private message through Facebook. Call me if you have my number.
PLEASE, HAVE AN OPEN HEART …. WE KNOW, UGANDA IS FAR AWAY. WHY DO I NEED TO GET INVOLVED IN THEIR PLIGHT AND SEND MY HARD EARNED MONEY TO A COUNTRY FAR AWAY FROM THE USA?
That’s a logical question without a simple answer.
Maybe because random acts of kindness help in paying forward what we have already received?
Maybe because “he ain’t heavy, he’s my brother“?
Maybe because we are lucky to have the “limited” freedoms that we have?
Maybe because we don’t want this spreading to out shores?
You, my friends, know me.
I wouldn’t be writing this and asking for your help if I didn’t know Melanie Nathan’s credibility.
It doesn’t matter you much you can give.
Small contributions make a grand total.
Gay and afraid in Uganda
Published on Dec 27, 2013
Members of Uganda’s lesbian and gay community fear they’ll be persecuted even more than they are, as Arwa Damon reports.
~~TO THOSE WHO READ THIS POST … I ASK OF YOU TO KINDLY REBLOG SO THAT THIS INFORMATION IS SPREAD AND SOME HELP MAY BE OFFERED TO THOSE IN UGANDA WHO COULD BE HELPED. THANK YOU~~
We ALL are entitled to HUMAN RIGHTS!!
We ALL are ONE!!