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How to Participate

  • Exercise Your Voice!

    Using your PulseWire journal, write about your own experience and views on the issue. Include the tag "Action LGBT" and your journal will join those of your fellow PulseWire members to create a written tapestry of testimony.

    Embody, the Fall 2010 edition of World Pulse Magazine, will include a story on gay and lesbian issues around the world. Throughout this campaign, we look to you – our community – to weigh in by sharing your own thoughts and experiences to be considered for inclusion in the next magazine.

  • Collaborate!

    Read your fellow PulseWire members' journals and dive into the conversation. Offer a comment to further the dialogue by asking questions, adding your opinion or simply showing support. Dive In »

  • Act!

    By writing in your journal, your voice will reach the halls of power to influence legislation. World Pulse will compile your journals and send your collective of voices to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and other members of Parliament.

    Use your journal as an instrument for change! Act Now »


Philippe Leroyer

Action Blogging Campaign - LGBT Rights

Uganda's Anti-Gay Legislation

Next month Uganda's anti-gay bill is slated to come before parliament. The proposed bill criminalizes the "promotion of homosexuality"– targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Ugandans, their defenders and anyone else who fails to report them to the authorities. If the bill passes, those charged with "aggravated homosexuality" would face life imprisonment or the death penalty. There is an estimated 500,000 gay people living in Uganda.

World Pulse Voices of Our Future Correspondent and gay-rights activist Gertrude Pswarayi of Zimbabwe reports on the effects Uganda's proposed bill has had on her own country and the rest of Africa. She writes, "The precedent set by Uganda will leave an indelible mark on the cultural and religious attitudes towards gays and lesbians in Africa." Read the full article »

CommUNITY Action

Letter from a PulseWire Community Leader

Dear PulseWire members,

Every continent, country and province has a unique story to tell about the lives of sexual minorities. PulseWire offers us the safe space to share these stories and work together to find solutions for global problems. As we await the developments in Uganda, I am inviting you to participate in a global campaign to highlight the violation of the rights of LGBT in your community through posting stories from your countries, commenting on stories written by other members, and providing and sharing solutions to upholding the rights of everyone - including the rights of sexual minorities.

I encourage community members to take a close look at the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Articles 1, 5, 7, 9, 12, 16 and 25 – and explore the implications of denying sexual minorities their rights. During this campaign, members should take stock of how far the legislation in their own countries protects gay rights. Our discussions should be solutions-oriented and aimed at changing attitudes, beliefs and perceptions that lead to violence against sexual minorities.

In solidarity,
Gertrude Pswarayi

Connect with PulseWire member experts

Gertrude F. Pswarayi

Gertrude F. Pswarayi

Zimbabwe Zimbabwe

Communications Manager, Sexual Rights Centre

"The Ugandan bill has sent a chilling shockwave among sexual rights activists who fear that other countries will introduce similar laws."

Pouline Kimani

Pouline Kimani

Kenya Kenya

Co-Founder, Minority Women in Action

"There is dire need to create sources of empowering information and safe spaces to discuss issues of sexuality - especially homophobia and the foundation of our biases."

Jaime Todd-Gher

Jaime Todd-Gher

United States United States

Attorney, Human Rights Advocacy

"Using the law as a sword to criminalize individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity has no basis in love or acceptance, much less tolerance."



Jamaica Jamaica

Chairperson, Women for Women

"I envision a world so open and free of homophobia that gay people can live without fear of being beaten or killed due to their sexuality."



Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan

Chair, LGBT Organization 'Labrys'

"After receiving the Go Visible Award, Labrys has been inspired to achieve even more in defence and promotion of LGBT rights within the hostile environment of largely homophobic Kyrgyzstan."

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