We’re only just getting started, but we’ve got some other exciting partnerships in the works to offer solid actions you can take to support LGBT rights in Uganda and around the world – some of them are listed below and more are on the way…
★ DONATE TO THE DAVID KATO VISION & VOICE AWARD
Founded in recognition of David Kato’s life and work, the David Kato Vision and Voice Award is an international prize that recognizes leaders who work to uphold the sexual rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in challenging environments around the world. Offered once a year, the award provides the winner with a $10,000 grant to support their vital efforts to protect the rights and safety of LGBTI people. The current advisory committee includes representatives from the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), GIZ – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Herbert Smith LLP, and ILGA-Europe. Your donation to the David Kato Vision and Voice Award (DKVVA) supports exceptional leaders who work to promote the sexual rights of LGBTI people around the world. Learn more and make a tax deductible donation by clicking the Donate button above.
★ DONATE TO SUPPORT THE SECOND EVER UGANDA PRIDE!
In 2012, Ugandan kuchus hosted the first ever Uganda Pride – a momentous and joyous occasion for the whole community. We were honored that CALL ME KUCHU was screened on the opening night, and days later a small group of courageous folks walked in the first ever Pride parade. Their efforts didn’t go unnoticed by the authorities: the Parade was raided by the police, and three people were detained and later released. But that didn’t discourage the community from going ahead with their second Pride in August 2013. Let’s make sure there’s a third Uganda Pride! If you’d like to donate to support future Uganda Pride events, you can do so via the Paypal account of activist group Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG). Simply click the Donate button above, and follow the instructions to donate with a credit card or via your Paypal account. Before confirming your payment, please make sure to click “Add Special Instructions” and write “Donation for Uganda Pride.”
★ DONATE TO THE CALL ME KUCHU SUPPORT FUND
Whether they live in Uganda, or have sought asylum abroad, the activists we followed in CALL ME KUCHU continue to lack salaries, and are often in need of support for everything from their daily cell phone costs to their children’s school fees. Since we started this project, we have used our limited resources to support them in any way we can, and we continue to do so. If you would like to do the same, you can donate to our support fund by clicking the Donate button above, and following the instructions to donate with a credit card or via your Paypal account. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
★ MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO SUPPORT CALL ME KUCHU COMMUNITY SCREENINGS
Since February 2012, we’ve been screening CALL ME KUCHU at film festivals around the world, and the response has been astounding. Just watch this video to get a glimpse of the four-minute standing ovation the film, filmmakers and activists received from 1400 people at San Francisco’s Castro Theater back in June! We know the film can have an impact, which is why we’re now working to bring it to the widest audiences possible in the US, Europe, Africa, and around the world through a combination of educational and community screenings. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to support our efforts to distribute CALL ME KUCHU to audiences beyond festivals and theatrical releases, you can do so through Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of CALL ME KUCHU may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. To make a donation online or by check, click HERE or on the Fractured Atlas logo above. And if you have any questions, feel free to email us: email@example.com.
★ ACT NOW TO STOP THE ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL
A bit of background: In October 2009, Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill was introduced. In May 2011, the Ugandan Parliament adjourned without voting on the bill – a victory for the kuchu community. But months later, the Bill was formally reintroduced. Since then, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill has been held for consideration by the Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee – it has yet to emerge from that Committee, but once it does, it could be put to a vote at any point.
There are a number of actions you can take to ask the U.S. and Ugandan governments and corporations to make sure the Anti-Homosexuality Bill never becomes law:
★ Follow instructions provided by the Center for Constitutional Rights to CALL THE WHITE HOUSE here.
★ Join hundreds of thousands of others and ADD YOUR VOICE to petitions from AVAAZ and another one from ALL OUT calling on Ugandan authorities to withdraw the Anti-Homosexuality Bill; from Change.org asking Citibank and Barclays to publicly condemn Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill; and from GET EQUAL calling on prominent evangelical members of the US congress to publicly denounce this bill and to ask Ugandan evangelical Members of Parliament to kill the bill.
★ Check out AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL UK‘s CALL ME KUCHU page: amnesty.org.uk/callmekuchu to join Amnesty’s campaign against human rights violations based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
★ HOST A SCREENING
UK & IRELAND: Organize your own CALL ME KUCHU screening at your company, organization or school via Dogwoof’s Popup Cinema – CLICK HERE
(Only available in United Kingdom, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Malta. Prices dependent on date chosen for screening.)
IN THE US AND WORLDWIDE (OUTSIDE UK & IRELAND): We’re working on making the film available for community screenings as soon as possible, so if you’re interested, email us to let us know: callmekuchu [at] gmail.com, or join our mailing list HERE
★ FESTIVAL, UNIVERSITIES, & OTHER INSTITUTIONS:
BOOKINGS: Click HERE for a listing of booking contacts by region.
If you have ideas for how you want to see CALL ME KUCHU being used to motivate audiences into action, we want to hear from you – so email us at: callmekuchu [at] gmail.com.