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Uganda Lgbt Rights

A Transgendered Childhood in Uganda (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

Cleo's story takes us into a rarely seen love story within the Ugandan LGBTIQ-community.

Who Are We to Judge (Uganda)?

Sara Kavemi | Posted 12.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Sara Kavemi

What tests my patience, what troubles me beyond all else, is our propensity for pointing the finger at others while ignoring our own flaws. The truth is that the U.S. is not yet at a point where it can self-righteously condemn others for their intolerance toward LGBT people, at least not with a straight face. Someday we will get there, and we will lead by example. But not today.

When Love Overcomes Fear (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2014-12-17-ScreenShot20141216at9.15.13PMsmall.jpgIn the second episode of The Pearl of Africa, I take you deeper into Cleo and Nelson's life, showing something that's rarely highlighted when talking about transgender people in Uganda: their love, their hope and their dreams.

The First Ugandan Transgender Love Story (VIDEO)

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

2014-12-09-pearlofafricaep1vidsmall.jpgI first met Cleopatra Kambugu in June 2012 and was fascinated by her determination to be the first Ugandan transgender woman accepted for her true gender identity. Despite the hate and violent history in her country, she wanted to humanize trans people.

Who Are We to Judge a Country Like Uganda?

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 12.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I think that before 2009 few people around the world knew what the Ugandan people are like, with little media attention to the country following a bru...

A Unique Love Story About a Ugandan Transgender Woman

Jonny von Wallström | Posted 11.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonny von Wallström

I've been following Cleo's life up close for 18 months, and we're still shooting. I even moved in with Cleo and her straight boyfriend, Nelson, during one of my trips to Kampala, getting to know them both as human beings and as friends. Having been forced to live apart only to find each other once again in a foreign country, their love story is a true inspiration.

Faces Of Faith: What Do Religious Leaders In Uganda Really Think About LGBT Rights?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.04.2014 | Gay Voices

When we talk about the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Uganda, it tends to always be in terms of religion-bas...

'You Can Overrule [An Anti-Gay] Law, But You Can't Overrule The Mind'

AP | CORINNE CHIN | Posted 10.17.2014 | Gay Voices

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — When a Ugandan court overturned the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act this month, rights activists worldwide claimed a victory....

Why Uganda's Anti-Gay Ruling Is 'Deeply Flawed'

AP | Posted 07.11.2014 | Gay Voices

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Human Rights Watch is criticizing a Ugandan court's decision against gay activists who sued a Ugandan official for violating ...

U.S. Cuts Aid To Uganda, Cancels Military Exercise Over Anti-Gay Law

Reuters | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday cut aid to Uganda, imposed visa restrictions and ca...

Nigeria's Surprise Gay Move

AP | Posted 04.01.2014 | Gay Voices

BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian Shariah court has freed two men accused of gay sex and belonging to a homosexual club, saying the prosecution fail...

'A Lot More Talk Than Action' Over Uganda's Anti-Gay Law?

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2014 | Gay Voices

(Adds comment from Richard Branson) * Fund managers, private equity not looking to leave * Small amount of aid redirecte...

Uganda's Anti-Gay Law Prompts Court Petition

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2014 | Gay Voices

* Opponents say law violates constitutionally rights, freedoms * Western donors have cut aid to protest the law * Telec...

Good News For Uganda's Gay Community -- But How Long Will It Last?

Reuters | Posted 04.24.2014 | Gay Voices

* Obama says law would complicate relations with Uganda * Homosexuality a taboo in many African countries By Elias Birya...

Uganda Responds To Obama's Remarks On Nation's Anti-Gay Law

Reuters | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices

* Obama says law would complicate relations with Uganda * U.S. sends more than $400 million a year to Uganda * Homosexua...

LISTEN: LGBT Filmmakers Seek To Reverse Ugandan Homophobia

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 06.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with filmmaker Tim McCarthy about his new film project, Voices of the Abasiyazzi: Creating Allies, which he's producing with Pepe Julian Onziema. The concept is to film LGBT Ugandans sharing their lives with their clanspeople in their own languages and cultural traditions.

How Beyoncé And Rihanna Saved An African Gay Rights Activist's Life

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

Ellen Chademana was in the worst place you could be in her home country of Zimbabwe: the Harare Central Remand Prison. The rotting jail was dark and overcrowded, with no toilets or running water. Her offense? Her work with Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ).

WATCH: Ugandan Pastor Demonstrates Gay Sex With Fruit While Condemning LGBT People

Posted 12.20.2012 | Gay Voices

A prominent anti-gay Ugandan pastor condemned homosexuality during a televised discussion with a transgender activist, engaging in a graphic demonstra...

Who's Helping Finance Uganda's 'Kill The Gays' Bill? You Are

James Peron | Posted 02.02.2013 | Gay Voices
James Peron

This repressive measure was born out of American Christian fundamentalism and corrupt politicians using anti-gay campaigns to divert attention from their own misrule. But how do these regimes survive? The U.S. government pours billions of your tax dollars into Uganda.

Uganda 'Kill the Gays' Bill Could Be Voted On Any Day

Joe Mirabella | Posted 01.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Mirabella

The bill has been scheduled for an "order of business to follow" and could be voted on this week. It is expected to easily pass, and then it will be up to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to veto the bill. Join All Out and Ugandans by calling for a presidential veto of the bill immediately.

Catholic Bishops Suddenly Silent As LGBT Ugandans Face Possible Death

John Becker | Posted 01.15.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

How are the Catholic bishops in America -- so eager to engage in anti-gay politicking at home -- reacting to their Ugandan colleagues' endorsement of a bill that would bring horror, persecution and bloodshed to Uganda's LGBT community? With stone-cold silence, that's how.

Life's No Play, But Certain Characters' Voices Are Heard Loud And Clear In Uganda

Julius Kaggwa | Posted 10.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Julius Kaggwa

This week a British playwright and producers will stage a play exploring homosexuality in Uganda, in the hopes that the work can "normalize the gay character" in our country. Let's hope the authorities don't view it as a promotion of homosexuality and decide to "stage" a show of their own.

Gay Ugandans: Loud And Proud

Val Kalende | Posted 10.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Val Kalende

Our struggle must move away from the victimization narrative and begin to focus on positive stories. It doesn't help us when foreign journalists, bloggers, and allies come to Uganda simply to write about what is wrong with our country while ignoring our success stories.

Don't Make Dialogue Illegal: Standing Up for Persecuted LGBT in Uganda

Jim Wallis | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The fact that those being persecuted on the margins of society, in this case gay and lesbian people in Uganda, should mean that Christians should give extra attention to protecting and standing up for them.

'Call Me Kuchu': The Untold Story Of Uganda's LGBT Community (VIDEO)

Katherine Fairfax Wright | Posted 08.20.2012 | Gay Voices
Katherine Fairfax Wright

The decision to make Call Me Kuchu, our documentary film about the last year in the life of Ugandan gay-rights activist David Kato, came about as a result of two rather antithetical events.