Monday, 13 February 2017

Please help Pride Munyonyo

On Valentines Day, it's good to focus on those who are doing it tough. There are probably few LGBTI people doing it as tough as the LGBTI people in Uganda.

While homosexuality amongst men has remained criminalised in much of Africa, and gay men are blamed for the spread of Aids, Uganda is in a league of its own. In 2014 the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014 was passed- making engaging in homosexual acts punishable by life imprisonment. This was seen as a relatively good outcome- because until the Western media had called it "Kill the Gays Bill", and it was widely condemned, the penalty for engaging in homosexual acts was the death penalty.

Somehow, a few very brave souls have started a resource centre for LGBTI people, especially young people. My heart goes out to them and their bravery. They are putting their lives and freedom on the line. This centre is Pride Munyonyo Resource Center. Munyonyo is a suburb of the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

If you are able to, please donate to them. I am sure they can use every cent they can get.

Here is their webpage, which has a button to help donate.

Here is their Linkedin page.

No matter how bad we think we have it in Australia, they have it much worse. Any help they can get will be of much needed assistance.

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