A bit of background: In October 2009, Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill was introduced. Thanks to the advocacy work of David Kato and the Ugandan kuchu community, the Ugandan Parliament adjourned in May 2011 without voting on the bill – a major victory. But months later, the Bill was formally reintroduced. In December 2013, the bill was passed by the Parliament of Uganda, and three months later, in February 2014, President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law.
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★ DOWNLOAD THE CALL ME KUCHU DISCUSSION GUIDE FOR ACTIVISTS
This guide is intended to accompany screenings of Call Me Kuchu in a variety of contexts. The goal is to provide a tool that empowers activists to stimulate meaningful dialogue and action regarding the challenges facing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) people, particularly
in sub-Saharan Africa. Click here to download the free CALL ME KUCHU Discussion Guide for Activists (PDF, 4MB).
★ DONATE TO SUPPORT THE UGANDAN CIVIL SOCIETY COALITION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
The Ugandan Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law was established in October 2009 in response to the tabling of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in the Ugandan Parliament. Since then, the Coalition’s membership has grown and now stands at 51 Ugandan civil society organizations, including human rights, feminist, HIV focused, LGBTI, media and refugee organizations. The Coalition’s primary objectives are to challenge the Anti Homosexuality Law, to pro-actively help develop a positive sexual rights agenda for Uganda, and to strengthen the capacity of civil society to engage in and contribute to these debates. Today, the Coalition also provides crucial support to the community through emergency funding to cover relocation costs (following evictions), lawyers fees when a member of the community is arrested, and other expenses related to the arrests, attempted suicides, evictions, beatings and death threats that many members of the community experience on a regular basis. Donate via the You Caring campaign by clicking the “Donate” button above. Your support will enable the Coalition to continue its important work.
★ DONATE TO SUPPORT UGANDAN LGBT ACTIVIST GROUP, SPECTRUM UGANDA INITIATIVES
Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, a practical initiative that provides lifesaving health services to LGBTI Ugandans living with HIV/AIDS, and currently serves over 500 clients with prevention, treatment, care, and support services. Since the Anti-Homosexuality Law was signed, Spectrum’s work is more important than ever before. LGBTI individuals and their allies (including Spectrum staff) are currently unable to leave their homes to run errands, go to work, or even go to the doctor. On top of that, main health providers are steadily pulling their services, out of fear for their own jobs and lives. Donate via the Crowdrise campaign to support Spectrum’s work by clicking the “Donate” button above. Anything you can contribute is appreciated.
★ DONATE TO SUPPORT THE U.S. FEDERAL CASE AGAINST SCOTT LIVELY
Donate to support the joint efforts of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) to hold Scott Lively accountable for his actions in a U.S. Federal Court. Lively was one of the architects of the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” bill, and is also known to have toured Russia advocating for anti-gay legislation. CCR and SMUG jointly filed the first-of-its-kind case against Lively, and secured a historic ruling establishing persecution on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity as crimes against humanity. This significant ruling will help LGBTI people around the world. Now the litigation is moving into a critical phase, and CCR needs your help to help fund this vital litigation. Any gift you make is appreciated.
★ 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 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.”
★ 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.