Donations For LBGTI Ugandan Nonprofit
Organized by: Tyrone Davis, Jr.
By now you have probably heard the horrific news about LGBTI persecution in Uganda—an “anti-homosexuality” law has been enacted, making homosexuality punishable by 14 years to LIFE in prison—and, like me, I’m sure you are deeply disturbed. Ugandan tabloids (The Red Pepper and HELLO) have recently published lists of supposed homosexuals and LGBTI supporters, complete with photographs and personal address information, prompting evictions, arrests, and mob justice. This has become a witch-hunt in which our Ugandan LGBTI brothers and sisters are literally running for their lives.
But with Uganda a whole ocean away, what can you and I possibly do to stand up for human rights and basic justice?
I’m writing to you today because I have found a way for us to get meaningfully engaged.
In Boston, I recently met a prominent Ugandan LGBTI activist—John "Long Jones" Abdallah Wambere—who runs an organization called “Spectrum Uganda Initiatives”. Spectrum is a practical initiative that provides lifesaving health services to LGBTI Ugandans living with HIV/AIDS, and currently serves over 500 clients with prevention, treatment, care, and support services. What’s more, The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) even recognized Spectrum’s important work last year with a GMT Initiative Grant Award, and Spectrum has been the subject of an NPR interview and a 2012 award-winning documentary, Call Me Kuchu (available on Netflix), exploring the hardships of the Ugandan LGBTI community.
Spectrum’s work is more important now than ever before. LGBTI individuals and their allies (including Spectrum staff) are currently unable to leave their homes to run errands, go to work, or even go to the doctor. On top of that, main health providers are steadily pulling their services, out of fear for their own jobs and lives.
The LGBTI community is in state of emergency. Their security is uncertain. You and I can do something, even this small something, to make sure that our LGBTI brothers and sisters in Uganda will continue to receive life-saving care from Spectrum, even amidst this persecution. Spectrum needs to raise a mere $10,000 to cover operational expenses over the remainder of this calendar year, which will allow brave Spectrum staff to find any way they can to provide their clients with medical treatments, prescriptions, and day-to-day needs, such as food and water.
Please stand with our friends in Uganda at this horrific time, and consider making a donation on behalf of the Spectrum Uganda Initiative. No donation is too small! Thank so much for you time.
For more on Spectrum Uganda Inititives:
For more information on Long Jones, please check out these links:
- Gay City News interview, 2013. - http://gaycitynews.com/unbowed-in-uganda
- NPR Interview, 2012 - http://www.npr.org/2012/06/21/155513755/call-me-kuchu-ugandas-secret-gay-community
- NPR Interview, 2013 - http://www.npr.org/2013/08/05/209110526/why-gay-pride-celebrations-in-ugana-were-discreet
Call Me Kuchu trailer: