Tuesday June 10th debate on the new Anti-gay Law in Uganda

Tuesday June 10th debate on the new Anti-gay Law in Uganda

Over the last six months several orthodox-christian and islamic governments in Europe, Africa and Asia have indicated, that we shouldn’t expect any change in their attitude regarding homosexuality (LHBTQI). This doesn’t make Stichting Secret Garden in Amsterdam very happy, to put it mildly.

Russia accepted a law that prohibits ‘gay propaganda’. The Gulf States will deny LGBT people permission to enter their countries based on a medical test, which has been developed by Kuwait. In Brunei a ten years prison sentence was already in force, now a new law allows the death penalty by stoning. In Nigeria same sex relations were already illegal and at the beginning of this year president Museveni signed a new Anti-gay Law by which a lifelong sentence can be effected. In short, the developments in these countries are frightening.
The LHBT community are persecuted or killed everywhere, especially also in Uganda. A year ago Secret Garden received a large group of LGBT refugees from Uganda in search of a safe haven. These refugees united in Uganda Gays on the Move (UGOM.

On Tuesday June 10th Stichting Secret Garden, UGOM and the Wereldhuis Amsterdam organize a debate on the new Anti-gay Law in Uganda. In this debate the safety and the human rights of LHBT people are the central topic. We invited a variety of speakers and experts on the subject. Politicians too will participate.

Date: Tuesday June 10th
Time: From 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Location: Nieuwe Keizersgracht 1A, 1018 DR Amsterdam

The program

5.00 PM entering
5.30 PM begin of the debate

Panel members and speakers are:

1. Sj.W. (Sjoerd) Sjoerdsma MSc – Tweede Kamerlid D66
http://www.parlement.com/id/vj0nk8ju81lw/sj_w_sjoerd_sjoerdsma

2. S. Wieringa (hoogleraar Gender and Women’s Same-sex Relations Crossculturally aan de Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen van de Universiteit van Amsterdam)

3. Koen van Dijk
Directeur bij COC Nederland
http://www.cocnederland.nl

4. Nakiganda Hasifah
Kuchu Diaspora Alliance(KDA)
Ugandan Human Rights Activist from Denmark

5. Elise Kant (genderspecialist Kerk in Actie)
http://www.icco.nl/nl/index.cfm/contact/

6. Rhona Bugembe (secretaris van UGOM) en Julius Matovu (voorzitter van UGOM)
http://ugom.stichtingsecretgarden.nl/

8.00 PM Ending

CONTROVERSIAL COMPARISON AND CONTRAST OF TWO COUNTRIES ON LGBT ASYLUM SEEKERS (NETHERLANDS AND THE UK)

CONTROVERSIAL COMPARISON AND CONTRAST OF TWO COUNTRIES ON LGBT ASYLUM SEEKERS (NETHERLANDS AND THE UK)

It has come to our attention to look keenly on the two countries with the aim of visualizing where LGBT asylum seekers issues have been handled carefully by the concerned authorities and as such various human rights activists around the globe should look with a keen eye on what to consider basing on the facts and evidence revealed on the current LGBT asylum seekers situation in the Diaspora. Our comparisons shall be rotated around two profound countries that are making headlines worldwide on the matters regarding LGBT asylum seekers. These countries include The Netherlands and United Kingdom. And on such grounds it will be the reader to make a conclusive decision on whom to credit with making a positive impact in LGBT human rights protection in their nations their systems.
First and fore most we shall bring the factual evident deportation of LGBT asylum seekers in UK. The death of LGBT activist lesbian late Jackie Nanyonjo after her deportation back in Uganda from UK in March 2013 was an eye opener to the way things were going on that side of LGBT asylum seekers. She was severely injured on the plane as she was being deported which later was partly her reason of death. http://oblogdeeoblogda.me/2013/03/14/murder-of-ugandan-lesbian-deportee-at-the-hands-of-uk-authorities-reliance-security-and-qatar-airlines/
Many cases after Jackie have been seen reported in media, such as social media, press, television, news papers and tabloids. Examples include Anne Nassozi by Ashley Cowburn as was published on 9 April, 2014, Prossie N was deported back only to live a closed life again by the UK authorities in December 2013. http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/raped-and-persecuted-lesbian-faces-deportation-uk-uganda091213 and Brenda Namigadde is yet another example among others.
On contrary never has been an evident case of LGBT asylum seeker that has ever been deported back to Uganda even before the law passed. The way LGBT issues are handled in the Netherlands is so delicate in that one who is doubted is given various opportunities so as to find a solution to the reason why his or her case was not positively handled. A part from the very few minimal threats to deport that have been got by many who go through the system.
The Yarl’s Wood immigration Centre Detention is a nightmare to many LGBT asylum seekers in the UK. Many who have passed through it have a lot to tell with regard to the experience there. The Netherlands has detentions centres like Zevenaar, Schiphol and Ter Apel where many of the LGBT asylum seekers have passed and less they have to tell about the mistreatment they got from there. In fact nothing is written about the harness in these centers compared to Yarl’s Wood.

Looking at it in a political angle on many occasions the Secretaries of state of these countries can be vital in this topic. For example Hon. Theresa May, a British conservative politician is the current Home Secretary has on many occasions avoided answers to the on going surging LGBT asylum seekers situation in her country and mistreatment by the immigration authority. The reverse is true for the Dutch Secretary of State Hon. Fred Teeven who has on many occasions came out to address the grievances of the LGBT asylum seekers and readily available to address these matters at all cost. The recent development from him is his public statement he made on 25-Febuary-2014 where he strongly criticized Uganda and Nigeria for the Draconian laws and promised protection to all those that were in the Netherlands to seek for asylum basing on discrimination due to sexual orientation. He further went on to make it flexible in policies so that entry procedures and the deportation arrangements for the failed LGBT asylum seeker to Uganda and ever this statement a lot of LGBT persons have been legally accepted as refugees in the Netherlands.http://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CC8QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dutchnews.nl%2Fnews%2Farchives%2F2014%2F02%2Fholland_stops_aid_to_uganda.php&ei=9JqAU8KVIofa0QXVx4CgAQ&usg=AFQjCNGdpaIaLJjWHGjLCamwko5J6VsuXw&sig2=SRm9UglR5RNIV71-y4dBlA.
More so the LGBT asylum seekers in the Ntherlands have been given the opportunity to present petitions in the Tweede kamer for two times with regard to the LGBT grievances in the country. For example in spring of 2013 with the support of Secret Garden Organization, the LGBT asylum seekers from Uganda presented its first petition to the Dutch parliament (Tweede Kamer) in the Hague reflecting on the grievances that they had at that time inline with the way their asylum cases were handled. The same thing was done in January 2014 when the Dutch LGBT community with other LGBT asylum seekers groups in Europe united to present a petition in reaction the Uganda’s anti homosexuality bill by then after it passed the parliament in December 2013 before becoming law.
Therefore basing on such analysis, one who has carefully read and understood this information can without fear or favor make a good judgment on the two countries.
We always we have to appreciate what has been reached on without bias, Human rights activist in that line can have a choice on where to look keenly when aiming to make a big impact on those that need it the more.
By UGOM

AFRICAN LGBT CONSORTIUMS AS AN EVERLASTING SOLUTION TO AFRICA’S HOMOPHOBIA

AFRICAN LGBT CONSORTIUMS AS AN EVERLASTING SOLUTION TO AFRICA'S HOMOPHOBIA

From time to time around the world and from time immemorial there has been harassment of the LGBT persons. The countries that we all know today as the pioneers in respect to the LGBT rights such as The Netherlands, France, UK, Belgium, Norway, among others had at one point homophobia at its climax especially before and after World War2 in Europe and not forgetting the Stonewall incidence.

They devised means to curb this phenomenon and among these means include consortiums bringing them together for a common resolution to the problem. Examples of such consortiums in the western world include Consortium Roze in The Netherlands, UK LGBT consortium, Safe Out LGBT Consortium in USA, The pink promotion Consortium, The Allan Turing Consortium named in remembrance of a famous world war openly gay veteran Allan Turing whose work is still remembered today towards the success of the World War2 when he helped to crack the enigma codes of the Nazis.

Through such means, there was increase in positive impact of education, awareness, and pride which, as a natural consequence, that lowered the incidence of excessive discrimination and increased the rights of LGBT community that had suffered as a result of homophobia in those days. Today in most of these countries it is a crime to discriminate a person basing on his or her sexual orientation and punishable by law.

It would be really good point to consider as African LGBT activists fight towards liberation of their rights in their motherlands and continent. African LGBT consortiums would really lead us to our salvation as it did to guardians of the LGBT community that is marginalized. Despite all these efforts, internationally many countries still suffer from the legacy of homophobic/transphobic laws resulting from colonial occupation by Britain. For example in Uganda this same law was annexed into the Ugandan constitution from the former British laws left behind after independence which later was improved into a law that was passed as Anti Homosexuality Law 2014

Therefore through such consortiums, there is a chance for everyone to celebrate diversity and send out the clear message from every city, municipal and country in the World – Section 28: Never Again.

With this path, there is a lot of hope that homophobia that is as a result of misinformation to the masses by those that preach against what they do not have idea about, we hope to see massive involvements in fruitful dialogues for a better sustainable solution to the matter because as a union, a lot can be reached upon just like our pioneers and guardians overcome hate in their countries.

By UGOM

HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT ASOCIAL WESTERN IMPERIALISM TO AFRICA

HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT ASOCIAL WESTERN IMPERIALISM TO AFRICA

Over the last six months several orthodox-Christian and Islamic governments in Europe, Africa and Asia have indicated, that we shouldn’t expect any change in their attitude regarding homosexuality (LHBTQI). This doesn’t make Stichting Secret Garden in Amsterdam very happy, to put it mildly.

Russia accepted a law that prohibits ‘gay propaganda’. The Gulf States will deny LGBT people permission to enter their countries based on a medical test, which has been developed by Kuwait. In Brunei a ten years prison sentence was already in force, now a new law allows the death penalty by stoning. In Nigeria same sex relations were already illegal and at the beginning of this year president Museveni signed a new Anti-gay Law by which a lifelong sentence can be effected. In short, the developments in these countries are frightening.
The LHBT community are persecuted or killed everywhere, especially also in Uganda. A year ago Secret Garden received a large group of LGBT refugees from Uganda in search of a safe haven. These refugees united in Uganda Gay on the Move (UGOM).

On Tuesday June 10th Stichting Secret Garden, UGOM and the Wereldhuis Amsterdam organize a debate on the new Anti-gay Law in Uganda. In this debate the safety and the human rights of LHBT people are the central topic. We invited a variety of speakers and experts on the subject. Politicians too will participate.

Date: Tuesday June 10th
Time: From 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Location: Nieuwe Keizersgracht 1A 1018 DR Amsterdam

The program will be announced a.s.a.p.

Nederlandse versie

In de laatste zes maanden hebben verschillende orthodox-christelijke en islamitische regeringen in Europa, Afrika en Klein-Azië duidelijk aangegeven, dat we geen positieve veranderingen hoeven te verwachten in hun houding ten aanzien van homoseksualiteit (LHBTQI). Van dit bijna dagelijkse nieuws wordt Stichting Secret Garden niet vrolijk.

Rusland heeft een wet aangenomen die het verspreiden van ‘homoseksuele propaganda’ verbiedt. De Golfstaten zullen LGBT’ers toestemming onthouden om het land binnen te komen op basis van een medische test, die door Koeweit is ontwikkeld. In Brunei bestond al langer een gevangenisstraf tot tien jaar; nu is er sinds kort een nieuwe strafwet van kracht waarin homoseksualiteit bestraft wordt met doodstraf door steniging. In Nigeria zijn relaties tussen personen van hetzelfde geslacht strafbaar en begin dit jaar heeft president Museveni van Oeganda de nieuwe Anti-Homowet getekend, waarin een levenslange straf staat op homoseksualiteit. De ontwikkelingen rondom de rechten van homoseksuelen in deze landen zijn dus beangstigend.
LHBT’ers worden overal vervolgd of vermoord, vooral in Oeganda. Secret Garden heeft een jaar geleden een grote groep LHBT’ers uit Oeganda ontvangen die hun land zijn ontvlucht, op zoek naar een veilige plek waar ze zichzelf kunnen zijn. Zij hebben zich verenigd in Uganda on the Move (UGOM).

Stichting Secret Garden, de UGOM en het Wereldhuis Amsterdam organiseren op dinsdag 10 juni een debat over de nieuwe Anti-homowet in Oeganda. Hierin staan de veiligheid en de rechten van LTHBT’ers centraal. Wij hebben diverse sprekers en deskundigen voor dit debat uitgenodigd en ook politici nemen deel.

Datum: dinsdag 10 juni 2014
Tijd: 17.00 uur tot 20.00 uur
Locatie: Nieuwe Keizersgracht 1A 1018 DR Amsterdam

Het programma wordt z.s.m. bekend gemaakt.

By UGOM, Stichting Secret Garden and Wereldhuis

IDAHOT-WAKE AT ORANGE CHURCH IN AMSTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS

IDAHOT-WAKE AT ORANGE CHURCH IN AMSTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS

May 17th 2014 will see a vigil organized for the International Day Against Gay and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in the Orange Church in Amsterdam in cooperation with the LKP Foundation, which is the national umbrella organization of the Christian LGBT movement. It is the first of its kind in the Netherlands
This is done to shed light on the violence against LGBT people worldwide
The Christian LGBT initiative Progetto Gionata from Italy every year gives an impetus to organize a vigil. The purpose of the vigil is from the church and in collaboration with whether or not to stand in the violence, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) suffer worldwide Christian LGBT organizations still have physical and verbal, overt and subtle.
Jantine Heuvelink, pastor of the Church Orange: “When the question came from the LKP or Oranjekerk would be to organize a wake-IDAHOT the place I did not have to think long. We sincerely wish the International Day Against Gay and Transphobia provide space to assist the global violence against LGBT people. Together quietly we also want to share the desire and the hope that things can be different. We can provide a wake-IDAHOT first in the Netherlands fills us with pride. ”
Remembrance and financial support badly needed
The vigil in Orange Church consists of hymns, prayers, a reading from the Bible and testimonies of LGBT people. Moses Loveroy Walusimbi, a member of the organization on Uganda Gay Move is one of them. Moses: “I am very grateful that there is a church where I can share my story. In Uganda, where I come from, I’m not sure my life, and the church is a threat rather than a free space or refuge where LGBT people can. ”
The vigil concludes with a collection for the Pride Fund, an initiative of COC Netherlands and Amnesty International. Tanja Ineke, chairman of COC Netherlands, will explain the benefits of this initiative, which persecuted LGBT people in Africa and elsewhere on site support.
Liturgical guide
Orange Church hopes that it will not stay with this one vigil and other (local) churches in the Netherlands will take over the initiative. Ds. Wielie Elhorst, co-founder on behalf of the LKP and himself a member of the Orange Church: “For churches interested we have a simple digital liturgical guide compiled. We sincerely hope that churches feel compelled to tell the story of LGBT people that they want to know of this need and that they want to be inspired by the hope and the intransigence of these people, which gives color to the good news of the Gospel. “The guide provides ideas for the implementation of the order of service on Sunday, May 18.
IDAHOT-wake
During the wake-IDAHOT Cantorij of Orange Congregation led by Mart Anne Franks, organist Jos van der Bijl and ministers Jantine Heuvelink and Wielie Elhorst will their cooperation. The vigil is open to everyone and takes about an hour. After the vigil is an opportunity to chat and meet the entry area of the Orange Church.
Date: May 17, 2014 Time: 20:30 to 21:30. Location: Orange Church, Second Van der Helststraat 1-3, Amsterdam.

A BETRAYAL FROM A TRUSTED FRIEND FOR MY SEXUAL ORIENTATION

A BETRAYAL FROM A TRUSTED FRIEND FOR MY SEXUAL ORIENTATION

The “word” trust is somewhat a very expensive and challenging thing to keep up as expected.
This is evidenced in one of the recent confession of one of the Ugandan Kuchu community member in the Netherlands who got her asylum approved to stay in the Netherlands. She told her story in tears that she trusted a Dutch friend whom she thought could keep her story a secret. She has been so trustful to her in that she told her whole self to this trusted friend with regard to the life she was living before and now as a kuchu. Little did she know that this person would use all this to judge her and worst of all discussing this in the presence of many friends who used this kind of conversation to make judgments without any thinking in their mind that they are deeply hurting this Kuchu.
For the reasons of safety and protection of this Kuchu, names shall not be mentioned but place where this happened is mentioned.
It was on 5th May 2014 when a gay lady(X) was invited by a trusted friend to go and join her for an outing to the Groningen 5th May Independence Day Festival in the Netherlands where many people were enjoying in celebration of this important day. Since she was much depressed for the past few weeks as she misses her mom, she accepted the offer from her friend. Her trusted friend told her that they were going out with her and the boyfriend. However they first went to her friend’s home where they met a couple of other people. She realized she was the only black and kuchu person basing on the conversation that they had,

“At first it seemed a warm welcome and i was given a glass of wine” says Lady X.
As many who have been in this country know it well when you meet a Dutch person, the first question after the word hello is always “Why are you in the Netherlands?” It may seem a simple question to the one that asks but it’s a monotonous hard question many of those that have been in difficult situation get from every Dutch he or she finds. Many end up getting irritated by these questions as they bring back memories that are not desirable.

Continuing with the story, X answered that it is personal and that her trusted friend knows better. To her surprise this trusted friend had discussed already about the story of this Kuchu to these people and only in pretense because the friends said that they had an idea of why she was in Netherlands. X was so bold enough to ask the person that asked. She said thus “If you knew already about me, Why then did you have to ask me again?”
It was as if it was a panel of Judges brought in to interrogate and judge lady X. This is the most hurting moment when you think that you had a friend who could keep a secret and ends up making you the talk of the day.
X believes her own trusted friend trapped her into this kind of situation because in her words she is remembered by X to have said that “You are so feminine, yet gay ladies act like men” Who taught her to judge like that. We are totally brought up in different environments. Gay ladies in tolerant world would act like a man which is vice versa to the gay ladies from a homophobic environment that shapes them to camouflage in order to keep it a secret from those that would end them into problems.

X was telling her story in tears saying that she really trusted this friend since she was her Dutch language teacher and she saw that bond important to tell her all about her life. But to her disappointment, this person never kept it to her self as a secret.
No one leaves her motherland to be a refugee because she or he wants, but it’s the situation that forces us. It is such a betrayal for lady X
Many questions were asked such as; how long are you going to be in the Netherlands? Do you hear from any one in your country? By what phone number, email or face book? Do you date white chics? It was another interview in the process.

Sincerely by the time Lady X went to the festival, her day was all messed with these questions that really upset her as many memories were brought back. She never saw the meaning in this outing. All she learnt is never to trust any one. All she boldly told these people who were flooding her with questions was that she is not supposed to go on explaining herself to every one she finds be it Dutch or any one of why she is in Netherlands and her being Kuchu because its not logical.

Besides her friend had told them the entire story about her. No one ever asks straight people how they live their life or why they are straight and how many people they have slept with. She said she is a private person and she does it on purpose. If her trusted friend did not respect her privacy, then she is so disappointed in her. She prefers to be with Kuchus who respect her and will understand her pain than being with friends who are judgmental and talk behind her back. Friends are meant to comfort not to judge.

Even at the point of taking photos, much was said inline with me. I was really taught a lesson never to open my self to any one unless he or she is a kuchu like me says X.
All Lady X had to say is that she is proud of being herself. She does not need approval from any one for the life she leads but it does not give a guarantee for every to know about her private life without her consent.
Be careful on who you trust. Not all are suitable for that.

By UGOM

NB: These are not views and ideas of UGOM but for rather from our followers, supporters and members.

MOTHERS DAY DEDICATED TO UGANDA’S FIRST MOM TO OPENLY ACCEPT A GAY SON.

MOTHERS DAY DEDICATED TO UGANDA'S FIRST MOM TO OPENLY ACCEPT A GAY SON.

11th May is a day to make our mothers feel special because they are paramount in making many things of great success to the children, This time round we want to identify one of the best mothers the world should know that the Ugandan LGBT community should really appreciate for her action she did to openly accept and support our fallen hero during his days when he was still alive.

Nalongo Lydia Mulumba is the mother of the late David Kato who is a well known hero to the LGBT world for his tremendous work which has made many courageous activists around the globe to continue to fight the stigma and discrimination meted out to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people on a daily basis.
It is now about 4 years ever since she lost a brave son whom she really loved dearly but this has not stopped her from remembering his work. She really gives hope to many that really listen to what she says about the work of her late son. She was in support of what he was really doing for the freedom of his LGBT brothers and sisters.

It should be noted that David Kato was murdered in January of 2011 for his sexuality, and his advocacy to recognize the leadership of individuals who strive to uphold the human rights and human dignity of LGBTI people around the world.
However, the Police in their report said Kato’s death was not connected to his work as an activist like many alleged but was rather a case of robbery and they say they did all the investigations as expected. Kato’s family says he was the bread winner. He is remembered as someone who never wanted to see anyone suffer.

David Kato’s mother, Lydia Mulumba, while she was presenting the award to Ali Erol along with Mourice Tomlinson at the ‘David Kato Vision and Voice Awards’ in 2013, She said:
“Although I lost a son, I am grateful that David’s work carries on and that his name lives on within this award. I am also happy for the friendship I continue to receive from all those who knew David.”
Kato’s mother Lydia Mulumba is remembered to say while wiping tears away from her eyes that her son was brutally murdered and that what surprises her up to now is that the murderer was given a very lenient sentence in their absence at court;
“I can not believe that my son is dead up to now. At least if it was an accident, I would have accepted that he passed away. But even after the murderer accepted that he killed him, the government decided to just give such a lenient sentence as if Kato did not have his own people. As if he was a dog or a rat that they just kill in cold blood like that. I will always cry for my son even after my death. The only thing that will ever relieve me is seeing that the case is resumed and justice is rightly passed,” Mulumba laments.
Mrs. Mulumba should be exemplary to many mothers around the globe, but most especially to mothers in Uganda who have LGBT children to accept them the way they are. They are just like any other children and therefore they should not be segregated or discriminated on such grounds. Parents should not disown their children for being extra ordinary.

By UGOM