Rights Out There – Recognition of Same-Sex Love Worldwide

An evening, hosted by and in the Old Lutheran Church of Amsterdam, to share what we know about legal progress – or stagnation – concerning the recognition of samesex love in the 200 countries of the world over the last fifty years. Where is homosexual behavior slowly disappearing from criminal law, where is discrimination being challenged by law, and where are same-sex families getting recognized – or not? And how does this relate to economic development and public opinion in the different countries?  Special guest Adam Long (a leading person in the ‘Vote Yes’-campaign about the Irish referendum on same-sex marriage) will be interviewed by the moderator of this evening, Boris Dittrich. (one of the events during Amsterdam Gay Pride 2015 Wednesday evening 29 July 2015, 19:3022:30, Singel 411, Amsterdam.)

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“In my own talk during this event, I will use an interactive moving bubble chart to present my Global Index on Legal Recognition of Homosexual Orientation, and its correlations with economic development and with data on public opinion about homosexuality” 

says professor  K e e s   W a a l d i j k (professor of comparative sexual orientation law at Leiden Law School)

www.law.leidenuniv.nl/waaldijk

The whole event is in English and everyone is welcome. 

By UGOM

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IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE BEING LGBTIQ IS NORMAL (UGOM’s Annual Conference)

UGOM’s third Annual conference in conjuction with Rainbow DenHaag  is set to take place on Saturday 28th November 2015.

This is the third annual gathering that has been organised by UGOM is set this time round to be held in the city of Hague (Den Haag). The last two Annual gatherings were held in Amsterdam with the support of Secret Garden foundation and The Old Lutheran Church of Amsterdam (Oude Lutherse Kerk) in 2013 and 2014 respectively uniting  people from all spheres of life to come and interact.

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 This year’s annual gathering will focus much on bringing out a perception of imagination of a world were LOVE has no boundaries, where there is no segregation of love, a world were being LGBTIQ is not no longer an issue that could make a wake up call. a world of full tolerance regardless of any thing. And trying to show what the world can be if things were seen in opposite just like criminalizing any one for loving a person of different sex.

Not so long ago, inter-racial relationships were abolished and regarded as a crime, we hope that soon same sex relationships will be considered as any other relation only if we take that collective effort to change the mindsets of many.

Have you ever Imagined a world where being gay was normal? where children are born and raised in a society that sends the message that being straight is disgusting and a sin? Where being straight is not accepted by your culture or religion?

Where being straight is a secret to only you?

UGOM has got you this topic to just “imagine| and “assume”. Just relate what your conscious gives you just as  LGBTIQ person that it was happening to a straight person.

Let us come together and have a great discussion about this topic. you can do as much research as possible and contribute to the change you would like to see. As usual we shall have various discussions from many guests articulating issues inline with the topic at hand.

This same day there shall be  continuation of the event “GEZELLIGHEIDSBIJEENKOMST”   from UGOM partner organisation Rainbow Denhaag which is a great party Rainbow Den Haag will organise with UGANDA GAY ON MOVE . The Gezelligheidsbijeenkomst avond always takes place every last Friday of the month but this time it will take place on saturday 28 November at the venue address  Dienstencentrum Copernicus, Daguerrestraat 16 2561 TT  Den Haag (The Hague)

This event is open to every one, no entrance fee or charge. Tell a friend to come with a friend. COME ONE, COME ALL

LOVE IS ALL WHAT WE NEED NOT LABELS.

“Human rights is our pride”

By UGOM

UGOM To Be Represented At the ILGA-Europe’s Annual Conference 2015 To Take Place In Athens Greece

After a stiff competition on the the scholarships that were put in place by ILGA-Europe committee to help on facilitation of various organizations and individuals who are doing a lot of impact in LGBTIQ emancipation and advocacy, Rhona Bugembe applying under her organization, Uganda Gay On Move as the secretary General come out as a victor out of 220 competitors worldwide to win one scholarship to represent the organization at the 2015 ILGA Annual Conference to be held in Athens Greece in between  28th and 31th of October 2015, under the theme Many voices, One movement – Together, mobilised for a just society.

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It has has come as a blessing for the first time the organization to be represented at this mega European LGBTIQ conference held annually.

This scholarship considered the following issues in selecting applications:

  • Diversity: In the framework of its Diversity work ILGA-Europe gave particular attention to diversity of representation from delegations to the Annual Conference – whether it is in terms of gender, racial/ethnic background, disability, age, intersex, sexual orientation and gender identity. The aim this year is also to increase participation of applicants who have not been able to participate in an ILGA-Europe event previously.
  • Contribution: Selected applicants had to demonstrate how they contribute to the work of ILGA-Europe and/or to the LGBTI movement in Europe.
  • European region:Scholarships were only granted to applicants coming from European regions as ILGA-Europe advocates for LGBTI equality in Europe.
  • Members of organisations: ILGA  prioritized applicants that are directly connected to organisations or are members of organisations.
  • 1 scholarship per organisation: In cases where there were more than one application from one organisation that fulfilled our criteria, ILGA decided to grant only one. organisations were left to nominate their representatives.

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The ILGA-Europe’s scholarship grant will cover:

  • Travel costs to/from Athens
  • Accommodation at the Conference venue for 4 nights, from 28th of October to 1st of November 2015.
  • Meals during the Conference
  • Conference programme costs

UGOM community wants to extend its thanking to the ILGA-Europe for this decision to consider our organization as a participant to this wonderful international conference. We hope to benefit a lot from it by sending in our General Secretary and we congratulate her upon this achievement.

“Human rights is our pride”

By UGOM

UGOM REPRESENTATIVES ATTENDED THE ANNUAL HAGUE CULTURAL PARADE (The sixth edition of the Hague Cultural Parade and Festival 2015)

The Hague Cultural Parade and Festival 2015 took place on Saturday, July 4th, 2015 from 13:00 to 18:30. The theme was the connection and  focused on the charitable and social organizations and institutions in The Hague, which are active in the field of connection (learning and confidence in each other), cultural liberty, anti-discrimination, empowerment, citizenship, tolerance and respect.
The parade followed a new route this year  through neighborhoods Regent and Transvaal and was put on the following streets:
Asmansweg – Monstersestraat – Paul Krugerlaan- Paul Kruger Square – Regentesselaan- Regentesseplein – Newton Street – Asmansweg.
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The representative of the US Embassy, ​​Mr.
Rob Anderson, gave a speech about the meaning of
the Fourth of July, Independence Day, and what this means for Americans
means. He also appointed the memorable fact that gay marriage is now
possible in all States of America!  Then he kicked off the parade!

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What a fantastic colorful whole !! The following countries were represented:
Netherlands, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Angola, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda,
China, Turkey, India, New Guinea, Brazil, Suriname, Netherlands Antilles and Curacao.
All participating countries have subsequently occurred and a show impression of
the songs and dances from their country.

Then Y-mara on stage with wonderful reggae music.

Our Councillor for Integration, Social Affairs, Employment, Neighbourhood Approach and Sports,
Mr. Rabin Baldewsingh, then took the floor and spoke briefly include the
inspiring character and the strength of the connection of the Hague Cultural Parade,
the church is like next year back in action.

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The Hague Cultural parade is one of the summer festivals held in the Hague city in the Netherlands and aimed at bringing together all the people from all cultural backgrounds of life from a global diversity perspective. This event includes portray of various cultures through wears and attires, dancing and singing, and a walk of peace around some parts of the city. For Uganda Gay On Move, it is the second time of attendance representing a minority group of LGBTIQ asylum seekers here in the Netherlands. This event is annually organized by Stichting Africa Life based in the Hague which has come out of the many African organisations in the Netherlands to give open arms to LGBTIQ persons without any bias thus giving them a platform to air out their grievances and views in order to empower them.

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Great thanks to Mr James Owie and all the sponsors of this wonderful annual event for  continued support to all individuals without any bias.