WOTEVER SUPPORTS A SANCTUARY-HOUSE FOR LGBTQI PEOPLE IN UGANDA
Wotever World was recently approached by a brave young man, S-, who is trying to help his friends stay safe. They currently occupy an (increasingly rare) 'safe' house for LGBTQI people in Uganda and were about to be evicted if they didn’t find funds soon. In addition to being a home for LGBTQI permanent residents, the house is also a rare place where LGBTQI people can come in an emergency, gather together and be safe. If they are evicted, THEY HAVE NOWHERE ELSE TO GO.
WHY THEY NEED YOUR HELP
“We are worried for our lives” says S-, “It is difficult to get a job (or keep one) when people know you’re gay. We have been disowned by our parents. This house is the one place we can live with our fellow community”.
In Uganda people are arrested not only for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, but for also being accused of being LGBT, for socialising with people who are LGBT, and for renting a room to, or hosting anyone one who is perceived to be LGBT. Any local organisation that puts up a strong fight for the rights of LGBTI people is considered illegal as it is deemed ‘promotion of homosexuality’ by the law. Such mentality has promoted violent attitudes towards the LGBTI community. They have suffered eviction from their homes, loss of jobs, mob attacks in the streets and murder. LGBTI people are subject to arbitrary arrests (even when reporting crimes against themselves) and are sometimes groped or beaten while in police custody. It is no surprise therefore, that victims of public abuses are scared to report them to the police, leaving them unable to seek redress. Spaces for dialogue or awareness raising have been closed or censored and many LGBTI people are also disowned by their families.
In the past, S- and his friends managed to make a small living by selling their craftwork in a nearby market, but the local council recently demolished the market and they now have no viable way to make money.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
We want to do what we can to keep our LGBTQI brothers and sisters safe. Wotever World recently raised funds to pay for the rent arrears, with donations from kind people at Bar Wotever. We have pledged to raise more funds for ongoing support of the safe house, so that they can remain there. The rent amounts to no more than £100 per month. However, to maintain this support, we need to raise as much as possible to ensure it is paid on a monthly basis.
If you would like to help ensure that S- and others like him have somewhere safe to live, or to retreat to in times of real emergency, you can donate here.
In solidarity, and with peace and love,
Info and updates from our friends
May 2015 - We promise S to help pay the rent + Water & Electricty for the Sanctuary House LGBTQ people come and stay at in Uganda.
14 July 2015, S- who was the young man we met and told us about this need, came and shared his story on stage at Bar Wotever via a video and dance. It was moving and very touching. Then his visa ran out and he had to get back
April 2016 - S and friend successfully collected enough money for being able to leave Uganda after Police Harrasments... But, House is still there for those in need during this time, and we keep helping out by paying the rent every month.
May 2016 - S's friend succesfully got visa to leave and fled to Netherlands. But not S.
August 2016 - Pride Events in Uganda was raided by Police, our friend S and their friends were beaten, but got away safe, See PinkNews