June 21, 2014—UPDATE
Thankfully all work that myself and fellow, seasoned activists are doing to support LGBTQ Ugandans seeking relief through escape is now situated under the Umbrella of the Olympia Quakers. In May, Safe Passage Fund became a partner, collaborating with the efforts of the Friends New Underground Railroad. Safe Passage Fund was created to provide travel funds and support to LGBTQ individuals and allies who face immediate threats of arrest, attacks, violence and persecution in countries where harsh laws have fostered a climate of extreme homophobia. Weekly updates of our work can now be accessed on our website’s blog at :http://friendsnewundergroundrailroad.org/blog/ Addtionally, all donations made via our new website’s DONATE button are tax deductible!
To date we have supported the relief of nearly 80 LGBTQ Ugandans. Every day we receive requests for more support as the conditions become more horrific.
This week, two very horrific incidents have occurred amongst those #LGBTQ folks we are supporting. There was loss of life and a brutal brutal beating. Please consider giving to facilitate escape and recovery. Thank you.
April 21, 2014—-UPDATE
As of today we have attempted to assist 18 LGBT Ugandans who have requested our assistance in escaping from the danger in their homeland. We have successfully moved 17 of those individuals out of country and into safety via our New Underground Railroad. Sadly one gay man committed suicide while in the hiding place we had secured. We hold him in our hearts. His body was successfully transported back to Jinja for burial. In order to preserve our route and the safety of friends/family of those rescued, we are cautious about sharing too much identifying information. We will continue to update you here on the numbers and rates of success.
We have 14 more people who have requested assistance and have been moved into various temporary hiding places which we have secured. Please consider donating now so that we may move these folks to safety as soon as possible. The cost of move across border is roughly $87 USD per person. Thank you.
April 16, 2014 —UPDATE
Olympia Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends has noted with deep concern the Ugandan Government’s passage of a law targeting the LGTBQ population. This law has created a climate where the life, health, and freedom of all LGTBQ Ugandans and those who help them are at immediate risk.
We are appalled at hearing about those who have already been kicked out of their homes, denied basic rights, abandoned, beaten, imprisoned, or killed, or who live in constant fear. Olympia Monthly Meeting has been called to create a “New Underground Railroad” project to aid LGTBQ Ugandans who are fleeing their homeland for their lives and safety.
We have been given an opportunity to provide direct assistance that will save lives. In the first few weeks of this effort we have helped 17 LGTBQ Ugandans get to safety and freedom. Many others remain at risk, and are trying to escape. We call on all Friends, both individually and in their Meetings, Friends’ organizations, and all people of good will, to help us in in this effort. For more information, contact Gabi Clayton, Co-Clerk, Peace and Social Justice Committee, Olympia Monthly Meeting: 360 888-5201; firstname.lastname@example.org
Checks can be sent to:
Olympia Friends Meeting 1717 18th Court NE
Olympia, WA 98506
April 12, 2014
Our 3 friends are safe in a neighboring country, preparing for their resettlement in Sweden. Thank you tremendously to each of you who donated, shared and kept Humphrey, Dickson, and Jacob in your thoughts.
Xo Talcott Broadhead, MSW
April 6, 2014
At this moment DangerDot is working closely with the Olympia Friends (Quakers) to support 3 of our gay friends in Uganda. The brutality, imprisonment and deaths suffered by LGBTQ Ugandans is not merely a blip on your news feed– it is real. It is happening right now. Ugandan police and civilians are hunting down LGBTQ folks.
One straight Ugandan friend reports:
“The Ugandan police is so busy lately, in just 10hrs…they have been able to arrest 8 people for either being gay or involved in Gay activities. If they are lucky, they might be produced in court or will just disappear and never be seen again. …if you think that’s too sad, since Monday 3 people have been killed for gay related issues. If the world doesn’t do something more and more people will be killed every day.”