Beyond the horror | Never again

 

  • Rescue Fund for direct assistance
  • Safe-houses for victims of violence and persecution;
  • Legal remedies, resources and safe passage for victims seeking asylum in affirming countries;
  • Legal and social resources to the asylum seeker once in the new country;
  • Education on global LGBTI issues to encourage acceptance and shift anti-LGBTI  sentiment; and
  • Advocacy for reform of laws, public policy and protocols, to include a special PERSECUTION VISA category for LGBTI asylum seekers from countries that criminalize homosexuality.

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Ugandan President Museveni Signs Kill the Gays Bill

 ”A dark cloud has fallen over my beautiful country, I cannot hold my tears!”

Photo courtesy @ubctvuganda

Photo courtesy @ubctvuganda

On Monday February 24, 2014, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the Kill the Gays Bill, despite pleas around the Globe asking him to refrain. The media was notified with individual calls from the Sate House, indicating the President wanted to make his epic signing a big show for the World. In doing so he has thumbed his nose at the World, and told all to go to hell, as many have expressed their horror at the Bill, including President Obama, who has described it as ‘odious.’

Now Ugandan LGBT people are trying to escape as the heightened persecutio is bound to follow.

Dead because Gay, Lesbian, or Transgender

Screen Shot 2013-07-16 at 11.05.41 AMEric Ohena Lembembe, an activist and journalist who was found dead at his home in Yaoundé on the evening of July 15.

Lembembe, executive director of the Cameroonian Foundation for AIDS (CAMFAIDS), was an outspoken activist who defended the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Lembembe’s friends discovered his body on Monday evening after being unable to reach him by telephone for two days, and went to his home. They found his front door padlocked on the outside, but could see Lembembe’s body lying on his bed through the window. Lembembe’s friends alerted the police, who broke down the door. According to one friend, Lembembe’s neck and feet appeared to have been broken, and his face, hands, and feet had been burned with an iron.

Lembembe was one of Cameroon’s most prominent LGBTI rights activists. Read more.

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Raped and Murdered because lesbian

Screen Shot 2013-07-23 at 10.08.22 AMDuduzile Zozo: The beloved daughter and lesbian community member from Thokoza township, Johannesburg, was remembered and laid to rest at Church Hall & Kromvleiplaas cemetery. Duduzile Zozo was found brutally murdered near the home of her mother, after a sexual assault, now believed to be yet another so called “corrective rape,” a crime of hate against lesbians. Read more. 

Millicent Gaika of Gugulethu Township tells the story of an attack which lasted five hours, until neighbors heard the screams and came to her aid. So called “corrective rape” is endemic in South Africa and black  lesbians who live in the townships under constant threat are terrorized. He “acted like an animal who wanted to kill. I thought he was going to kill me. And he kept saying: ‘I know you are a lesbian. You are not a man, you think you are, but I am going to show you, you are a woman. I am going to kill you.”  The rapist was caught and released on $60 bail, to terrorize Gaika and other witnesses and when the case finally came to trial, he jumped bail. There has been no justice for Gaika. This was the second so called “corrective rape” endured by Gaika. The first incident involved a gang rape by 4 men.  Read More

Nqobile Khumalo: The badly bruised body of Nqobile Khumalo, who was reported  missing by her parents on May 03,  was found buried in a shallow grave.  Police were led to the grave by her ex-boyfriend who confessed to her murder, after being interrogated by police.  He allegedly confessed to killing her, apparently because he could not accept that she was in love with a woman and would not take him back. Read more

Noxolo Nogwaza: The body of Noxolo Nogwaza, a 24 year old lesbian, was found lying in an alley in Kwa-Thema, Gauteng at about 9am on Sunday, April 24 2011.  Noxola’s head was completely deformed, her eyes out of the sockets, her brain split, teeth scattered all around and face crashed beyond recognition. Witnesses say that an empty beer bottle and a used condom were found up her genitals. Parts of the rest of her body had been stabbed with glass. A large pavement brick that is believed to have been used to crash her head was found by her side. Read more

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Institutionalized Persecution

Two men have been found guilty and sentenced to time in prison for being gay. The court in Yaounde, Cameroon sentenced Joseph Omgba, one of the men accused of homosexuality, to two years in prison and a younger man was sentenced to one year probation. Both have been in detention for almost two years, pending this conviction. Read More.

Uganda Parliament Passes Anti-Homosexuality Bill
Life in Prison for being Gay, lesbian Transgender, Bisexual

Uganda has passed the Anti-homosexuality Bill, once referred to as the The Kill the Gays Bill. Read More.

Zimbabwe Police Raid Annual LGBT Christmas Party Arrest 9

Zimbabwe police attacked a Zimbabwe LGBT group, GALZ.  Five members of the community were arrested and there are  reports of  injuries. Read More.