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Important Safety and Security Information for Gay Rights Advocates

Dear Friends,

Monday, February 24, Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni signed into law a controversial anti-gay bill that includes harsh sentences and even life imprisonment for Ugandan lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and intersex (LGBTI) people and their supporters. A similar law was signed a month ago by Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan followed by a wave of arrests of gay people in Nigeria.

Discrimination and violence against LGBTI people is a global issue that affects many of our communities, and many of us have raised our voices here on World Pulse against homophobia and anti-gay legislation.

Given the potential risk involved in speaking out in support of gay rights in countries where it is illegal to be gay, we would like to provide our community with the following safety and security information, suggestions, and resources.

  • Our safety and security team strongly recommends that community members from Uganda who are speaking out against the recent anti-homosexuality law take an alternate name on World Pulse in order to protect themselves. To do so, please email me at emily@worldpulse.com.
  • We recommend that you also change your email address connected to your World Pulse account if your email address contains your name. To do so, go to “My Profile” and then “Edit Account.”
  • We recommend you uncheck the box that says "Show my real name on my public profile" under Privacy Settings in your World Pulse account. To do so, go to "My Profile," "Edit Account," and then "Edit Profile." On this same page you can make sure your signature line does not contain personal information.
  • We also suggest that you change your country of origin listed on World Pulse and to make sure any identifying information in your posts is removed (photos, locations, etc).
  • Please be aware that under the new law having knowledge of a homosexual person is also a crime – therefore a journalist who interviews sources knowing they are homosexual are subject to arrest.
  • Using your real name will likely put you and possibly your family at risk of government scrutiny, potential arrest, and harassment from other citizens.

Please review our World Pulse Online Safety and Security Toolkit for more steps you can take to protect your safety, without compromising your bold voice.

Additional Resources:
World Pulse Online Safety and Security Toolkit
The Google Safety Center
Here is a graphic showing the world’s countries and their legal stance on homosexuality from this The Daily Beast article.

References:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/25/world/africa/ugandan-president-to-sign...
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/09/world/africa/nigeria-uses-law-and-whip...

Comments

hellenah's picture

About Anti Gay

there is alot of intense in the country we pray the government reviews it as soon as possible

Hellen Namutamba
Project manager
nhellen2010@gmail.com
www.busogayaiffe.org

Emily Garcia's picture

Thank you for sharing,

Thank you for sharing, Hellen. I also hope they review it soon.
Best wishes,
Emily

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

Tam's picture

Support

Hello Emily,

Thank you for sending out such a strong and well written plan for the safety of all people in Uganda who are GLBTI and friends, family, allies. Thank you World Pulse also, for being ready with a plan for safety and for boldly stating support. If as a member of this (my) community I can be of help, please let me know. I hope that all who are facing this political attack, know that we have been aware and hoping that all stay safe.

Tam

Emily Garcia's picture

Thank you for your support,

Thank you for your support, Tam!

I will keep your offer of help in mind. You are so wonderfully kind!

Warm wishes,
Emily

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

euphracia's picture

Thanks

Helllen this is good information for all. am in kenya and it seems all the ugands are flocking in for the fear of their lives. Thanks once gain for sharing

euphracia's picture

Thanks

Emily this is good information for all. am in kenya and it seems all the ugandans are flocking in for the fear of their lives. Thanks once gain for sharing

Emily Garcia's picture

Hi Euphracia, Thanks for

Hi Euphracia,

Thanks for sharing. And how is the situation in Kenya for Ugandans?

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

hellenah's picture

welcome

thanks for your comments we are praying for good outcome and people should be prayful

Hellen Namutamba
Project manager
nhellen2010@gmail.com
www.busogayaiffe.org

This is news form me. It is News that Hom/by sexuals and perhaps Lesbian should be convicted 14 years in Prision in Mozambique. We know members of the Government in Mozambique involved with Danish Gays and living together in Luxuary all paid with World Bank and IMF funds, only reason why certain Ministries and the Countries Constitution still is in the hands of Scandinavia.

UWA/ United women of Africa. SADAC - Mozambique

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