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Support Gay & Lesbian Rights in Uganda - Safe House

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A. Buettner from Hoeck-StiftungWrite a message

Since the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act was passed in 2014 we have seen an increase in arrests among our members, colleagues and friends. The bill was signed into law by the President of Uganda on 24 February 2014 to broaden the criminalisation of same-sex relations in Uganda domestically, and further includes provisions for Ugandans who engage in same-sex relations outside of Uganda, asserting that they may be extradited for punishment back to Uganda, and includes penalties for individuals, companies, media organisations, or non-governmental organisations that know of gay people or support LGBT rights. The private member's bill was submitted by Member of Parliament David Bahati on 14 October 2009. Same-sex relationships are currently illegal in Uganda—as they are in many sub-Saharan African countries—punishable by incarceration in prison for up to 14 years. A special motion to introduce the legislation was passed a month after a two-day conference was held in which three American Christians asserted that homosexuality is a direct threat to the cohesion of African families. Several sources have noted endemic homophobia in Uganda has been exacerbated by the bill and the associated discussions about it.
The Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014 was previously called the "Kill the Gays bill" in the media due to the originally proposed death penalty clauses was passed by the Parliament of Uganda on 20 December 2013 with the death penalty proposal dropped in favour of life in prison.

A Safe House in Uganda is now essential for people who's lives are in danger. We have relocated 56 members, 11 of them have been arrested, three are on trial. However we do encourage our members not to leave the country. A safe house during this very trying time is extremeley important, mostly for those who have nowhere to go, who are being chased by police or homophobic citizens, and for those who have tried to leave the country but failed. Many LGBTI community members have difficulties getting access to a safer environment. This is because of the income and social inequality which leave people more prone to hate crimes, mob justice, homophobia, more so than ever before. Queer Youth Uganda has a duty not only to educate, but to avail safe housing for our members so that they do not find themselves in dangerous situations. It’s easier to monitor and also avoid members finding themselves in situations that will endanger them. It must be noted that the safe housing largely applies to people who are not in position to afford safe housing themselves and to people who need counseling and moral support due to homophobia/transphobia related incidences.

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