THE DUTCH COURT TO DECIDE ON WHETHER A UGANDAN LESBIAN SHOULD BE GIVEN PROTECTION IN THE NETHERLANDS

Ndagire Cindy who is a proud lesbian human rights activist of especially LGBT rights who is currently seeking asylum in the Kingdom of the Netherlands were she fled aftermath of the enactment of the Anti Homosexuality law in her motherland Uganda.

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On 3rd-August-2014 Cindy was chosen by Reverend Wielie Elhorst of Landelijke Koepelorganisatie van de Christelijke LHBT-beweging (LKP) to give a speech on the 2014 Gay Pride Kerkdienst (Gay Pride service aftermath of the famous Amsterdam canal gay pride) about her life as a lesbian who had fled Uganda due to the tortures she faced which really touched the whole audience . She is indeed proud to be what she is and she commands a lot of respect from our community due to her strong personality towards fighting for her rights as a lesbian and the whole LGBTI family. She represented our community (UGOM) and the whole African/Ugandan LGBT community on this world wide respected event where many people from around the globe took part.

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she has been part and partial in many events of the group such as the Hague cultural parade were she was part of the entourage, she was also on the PvDA gay pride boat where UGOM was invited to take part and many other events.

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She will be in the Judicial court to decide if she really qualifies to be granted asylum in the Netherlands on 4th-September-2014, the address is Guyotplein Groningen at 09.15 am and urges all her friends and the family she got here in this lovely country to be there to give her support and courage in this battle with the Dutch Immigration Authority (IND) on whether she qualifies to be protected as a lesbian who fled her country on grounds of fear for persecution basing on her sexual orientation  .

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One should know that despite our victory over the Uganda’s Anti Homosexuality Law of 2014, The LGBTI community is still threatened by the existence of the Penal code Act of 1950 that was inherited from the British which is still in the Ugandan Constitution;

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Laws prohibiting same-sex sexual acts were first put in place under British colonial rule in the 19th century. Those laws were enshrined in the Penal Code Act 1950 “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” and retained following independence. The following sections of that Act are relevant:

Section 145. Unnatural offenses. Any person who—

(a) has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature; [or]

(b) has carnal knowledge of an animal; or

(c) permits a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature,

commits an offense and is liable to imprisonment for life.[6]

Section 146. Attempt to commit unnatural offenses. Any person who attempts to commit any of the offenses specified in section 145 commits a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.[6]

Section 148. Indecent practices. Any person who, whether in public or in private, commits any act of gross indecency with another person or procures another person to commit any act of gross indecency with him or her or attempts to procure the commission of any such act by any person with himself or herself or with another person, whether in public or in private, commits an offense and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.[6]

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Before the Penal Code Amendment (Gender References) Act 2000 was enacted, only same-sex acts between men were criminalized. That Act changed references to “any male” to “any person” so that grossly indecent acts between women were criminalized as well.

 

 

By UGOM

International LGBT Church in The Hague Celebrates Its’ One Year Anniversary with a Unique Interreligious Service with FOUR Religions Represented.

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What better way to celebrate the work of the Internationale Roze Kerk MCC than to have FOUR LGBT spiritual leaders in one location to share an interfaith service. 
 
THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS, August 10, 2014  – Spirituality, homosexuality, and community have all come together  over the last year in a small non-denominational Christian community residing in the COC Haaglanden social center at Scheveningseveer 7. We are having a special celebration to mark this milestone.
 On September 14th, 2014, Pastor and Reverend Barbara Rogoski will host an interreligious service with special guests Imam Hashim Jansen, Jewish activist Jacqueline Carver and Rati Manjari Jeanet van Stijll, a Hare Krishna Devotee from Amsterdam. Four religions sharing one theme: God is Our Connecting Point and Loves Us All – Just as We Are.
“The idea of bringing several religious traditions together at the IRK for a joint interreligious service seems like a natural thing to do to show the world that it is possible to worship together and create friendships with those that have different beliefs than your own. Rev. Barbara Rogoski
All four leaders will have active roles in the service by reading passages from their holy books, having their sacred songs played and speaking a few words about their respective religions that will celebrate the similarities of their beliefs. After the service there will be a party to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Internationale Roze Kerk MCC in The Hague with cake, snacks and refreshments in the newly remodeled COC Café.
 
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The Internationale Roze Kerk MCC has monthly bi-lingual services on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 15:00 that welcomes LGBT people of faith and straight family and friends to worship together in safety and peace. The services offer traditional and contemporary prayers and music by using YouTube Videos, live singers when possible, and Power Point slides to make it easier and more engaging for all to follow.
Rev. Barbara is active in the local LGBT and international community by providing pastoral care and counseling, participating in different services, panel discussions and giving presentations. We are pleased to announce that our church has recently been approved to become the first Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) partner in The Netherlands. MCC is a global LGBT Christian network of churches around the world.
A special Christmas Eve dinner and midnight service will take place on Dec. 24th at 23:30 in English and  Dutch, sung by a local choir, with several other festivities around it. All are welcome to attend this remarkable church service on the 14th of September and witness something that has seldom been done before.

International LGBT Church in The Hague Celebrates Its’ One Year Anniversary with a Unique Interreligious Service with FOUR Religions Represented.

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International LGBT Church in The Hague Celebrates Its’ One Year Anniversary with a Unique Interreligious Service with FOUR Religions Represented.
 
What better way to celebrate the work of the Internationale Roze Kerk MCC than to have FOUR LGBT spiritual leaders in one location to share an interfaith service. 
 
THE HAGUE, THE NETHERLANDS, August 10, 2014  – Spirituality, homosexuality, and community have all come together  over the last year in a small non-denominational Christian community residing in the COC Haaglanden social center at Scheveningseveer 7. We are having a special celebration to mark this milestone.
 On September 14th, 2014, Pastor and Reverend Barbara Rogoski will host an interreligious service with special guests Imam Hashim Jansen, Jewish activist Jacqueline Carver and Rati Manjari Jeanet van Stijll, a Hare Krishna Devotee from Amsterdam. Four religions sharing one theme: God is Our Connecting Point and Loves Us All – Just as We Are.
“The idea of bringing several religious traditions together at the IRK for a joint interreligious service seems like a natural thing to do to show the world that it is possible to worship together and create friendships with those that have different beliefs than your own. Rev. Barbara Rogoski
All four leaders will have active roles in the service by reading passages from their holy books, having their sacred songs played and speaking a few words about their respective religions that will celebrate the similarities of their beliefs. After the service there will be a party to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Internationale Roze Kerk MCC in The Hague with cake, snacks and refreshments in the newly remodeled COC Café.
The Internationale Roze Kerk MCC has monthly bi-lingual services on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 15:00 that welcomes LGBT people of faith and straight family and friends to worship together in safety and peace. The services offer traditional and contemporary prayers and music by using YouTube Videos, live singers when possible, and Power Point slides to make it easier and more engaging for all to follow.
Rev. Barbara is active in the local LGBT and international community by providing pastoral care and counseling, participating in different services, panel discussions and giving presentations. We are pleased to announce that our church has recently been approved to become the first Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) partner in The Netherlands. MCC is a global LGBT Christian network of churches around the world.
A special Christmas Eve dinner and midnight service will take place on Dec. 24th at 23:30 in English and  Dutch, sung by a local choir, with several other festivities around it. All are welcome to attend this remarkable church service on the 14th of September and witness something that has seldom been done before.
 
 
Barbara Rogoski
Tel: +31 623 898 717
 
UGOM

 

A UGANDAN LGBT ACTIVIST CRAVES FOR SUPPORT TO STOP HIS DEPORTATION FROM THE NETHERLANDS

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Babu Ssembajja is a proud gay muslim man who came to the Netherlands in 2009 from Uganda. He has lived in the diaspora for 5 years that have really enlightened him for being open as a free gay man without fear or favor as it was before in his motherland Uganda prior to the years before 2009 when he was concealing his sexual orientation in order to live the next day.
Babu in 2013 gained the confidence to boldly come out to his fellow Ugandans and Africans here in the Netherlands in a community called Uganda Gay On Move (UGOM) who gave him strength to live his life and later confessed that he had not opened himself to the Dutch Immigration Authorities about his sexual orientation and the challenges he had faced back home in Uganda in the first instance. This was because he could not easily trust anyone about the matter. But as years went on, Babu realized that Netherlands is tolerant about the LGBT rights and respects every one. This gave him the courage to talk about it for the second time he got the chance to face the Immigration Authorities. However this comes with challenge to many as there are a lot of hardships in explaining why you never talked about it. But for that matter Babu had all the reasons to fear and not talk about it since in Uganda, the environment had put a lot of fear in him to closet himself further.

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One should know that despite our victory on the Anti Homosexuality Law of 2014, The LGBT community is still threatened by the existence of the Penal code Act of 1950 that was inherited from the British which is still in the Ugandan Constitution;
Laws prohibiting same-sex sexual acts were first put in place under British colonial rule in the 19th century. Those laws were enshrined in the Penal Code Act 1950 “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” and retained following independence. The following sections of that Act are relevant:

Section 145. Unnatural offenses. Any person who—

(a) has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature; [or]

(b) has carnal knowledge of an animal; or

(c) permits a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature,

commits an offense and is liable to imprisonment for life.[6]

Section 146. Attempt to commit unnatural offenses. Any person who attempts to commit any of the offenses specified in section 145 commits a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.[6]

Section 148. Indecent practices. Any person who, whether in public or in private, commits any act of gross indecency with another person or procures another person to commit any act of gross indecency with him or her or attempts to procure the commission of any such act by any person with himself or herself or with another person, whether in public or in private, commits an offense and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.[6]

Before the Penal Code Amendment (Gender References) Act 2000 was enacted, only same-sex acts between men were criminalized. That Act changed references to “any male” to “any person” so that grossly indecent acts between women were criminalized as well.

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In his words, he craves for any kind of support that can enable him to stay and live his life as a free gay man who can openly say that he is gay and nothing bad happens to him and that is only possible in countries like the Netherlands where these rights are highly privileged. Thus;

“Years ago when i landed in this country, I gained the once lost hope, rights and the peace that my country Uganda had denied me. The closet i was forced to stay in because of my sexual orientation, nature and beliefs not only by my religion Islam but also my culture and not forgetting the laws in my country inherited British Penal Code Act 1950 “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” and the recent Anti Homosexuality law 2014 all in the constitution of my country Uganda. I thought that this country could grant me back my lost freedom . However today i am at TarApel asylum seekers deportation camp waiting for the forced deportation by the Netherlands from where i have enjoyed my full rights as a gay man such as going out publicly for who i am and joining other human right activists groups like Uganda Gay On Move (UGOM) among others. I have managed to meet and live with people of my caliber with regard to my sexual orientation there by gaining and being my self openly. This is therefore to request you my brothers and sisters in the same circle to stand with me against this forced deportation! And in this i need your support for I can’t be deported to loose my rights and self once again, i can not afford to pretend that i am straight yet i am not which is going to happen to me when i am deported”.
By UGOM

UGOM’S NDAGIRE CINDY SPEECH TOUCHED HEARTS AT THE 3RD AUGUST 2014 GAY PRIDE KERKDIENST(CHURCH SERVICE) IN AMSTERDAM

Aftermath of the beautiful 2014 Canal Gay Pride Amsterdam, Saw the Gay Pride church service at the Keizersgracht church in Netherlands’ capital Amsterdam. Uganda Gay On Move (UGOM) group was represented and one of the members, Ndagire Cindy who is a proud Ugandan lesbian touched hearts in her speech she gave to the audience from allover the world.
The Kerk dienst (church service) that was attended by various guests from many parts of the world in respect to the pride festival. Countries such as Belgium, Russia, Ukraine France among others were all present at this colorful event.

Ndagire Cindy who is one of the Uganda Gay On Move (UGOM) and a proud lesbian spoke on behalf of the UGOM community and other members of the group were present. Her speech warmed hearts of many that attended the service.

I have been fasting and praying for change in my country ever since i came in the Netherlands after i fled my motherland in 2013. I am happy change is coming day by day. I give my special thanks to Reverend Wielie Elhorst who hosted me, Moses Walusimbi the founder and the chairman of UGOM and his vice chairperson and founder Matovu Julius, Robert Katende our lovely Media spokes person and our general secretary Bugembe Rhona, and my friend Faridah Nalumansi who is proud for who she is. I thank you guys for holding the rainbow flag high. I can not forget to thank the activists back home who have courageously fought the Anti homosexuality law day and night.( Kasha Jackie Nabagesera, Pepe Julian Onzima, Stella Nyanzi, Frank Mugisha and our lawyers Freda Aleka. For it was you guys who bropught in the 1st August success and victory against the infamous anti gay law in Uganda. That is indeed a wonderful job. I can not forget the tremendous contribution Reverend Wielie Elhorst and the Keizersgracht kerk has done towards the UGOM LGBT community here in the Netherlands. Thank you for hosting me. God bless you all. Says Cindy
This wonderful event was made possible by the support of organizations such as LKP, CHJC, Keizersgrachtkerk, Protestantse Kerk Amsterdam, Amstel Gospel Choir, ERV.

A great poem was read by Cindy which all drove all her situation into every ones heart and for that she was applauded by the congregation. thus;
When i ask you to listen to me and you start giving me advice, you have not done what i asked

when i ask you to listen to me and you begin to tell me why i should not feel that way, you are trampling on my feelings.

When i ask you to listen to me and you feel you have to do something to solve my problem, you have failed me, strange as that may seem.

Listen! All i ask is that you listen. Don’t talk or do- just hear me

Advice is cheap; 20 cents will get you both Dear Abby and Billy Graham in the same news paper. And i can do for myself; i am not helpless. Maybe discouraged and faltering, but not helpless.

When you do something for me that i can and need to do for my self, you contribute to my fear and inadequacy.

But when you accept as a simple fact that i feel what i feel, no matter how irrational, then i can stop trying to convince you and get about this business of understanding what is behind this irrational feeling.

And when that is clear, the answers are obvious and i do not need advice. Irrational feelings make sense when we understand what is behind them.

Perhaps that is why prayer works, sometimes, for some people– because God is mute, and He doesn’t give advice or try to fix things.

God just listens and lets you work it out for yourself.

So please listen, and just hear me. And if you want to talk, wait a minute for your turn- and i will listen to you.

(Author Unknown)
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Special thanks to all those that attended this event from within and outside of the Netherlands.

“Change is coming”

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By UGOM