BREAKING: Will Ugandan Lesbian Be Deported? Is Her Life in Danger?

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We hadn’t intended to send this email today, but there are literally just a few hours standing between a woman’s life and her almost-assured death.

We just talked with our friends at AllOut, and they’ve asked us to help Brenda Namigadde, a young Ugandan lesbian, from being deported from the U.K. back to Uganda. She’s scared out of her mind, which is understandable — a prominent LGBT activist in Uganda was just killed yesterday and the country is doing very little to find his killer. [1]

Unless we intervene, Brenda will be heading to the airport to board a plane bound for Uganda. And we know what will happen there.

Help save Brenda — there’s no time to lose: http://www.getequal.org/brenda

We know that U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May is open to granting asylum to those facing great risk in their home countries due to their sexual orientation or gender identification. [2] And U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has spoken out clearly about this issue in the past. [3] We’re hoping that, by petitioning Home Secretary May and cc’ing Secretary Clinton, American pressure will have an impact on Brenda’s case.

You’ve likely heard of the “Kill the Gays” bill that will be voted on in the Ugandan Parliament this spring — it’s not an exaggeration. These religious bigots — including elected officials like David Bahati — are actively publicizing the identities of LGBT Ugandans, subsequently setting them up for murder. [4] [5]

And it doesn’t stop there. Initiatives like the “Kill the Gays” bill are being funded by right-wing extremists here in the U.S. Fundamentalist churches and secretive groups like “The Family” are funneling money to Uganda, seeking out a testing ground there for what they can get away with. [6]

We say enough is enough.

Ask U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to intervene, and to save Brenda’s life.

Help save Brenda: http://www.getequal.org/brenda

For equality,
Heather Cronk, Managing Director

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[1] “Tragedy as Gay Activist David Kato Murdered in Kampala, Uganda – Impact on Ugandan Lesbian Seeking UK Asylum” — http://lezgetreal.com/2011/01/tragedy-as-gay-activist-david-kato-murdered-in-kampala-uganda-impact-on-ugandan-lesbian-seeking-uk-asylum/

[2] “Two gay men win right to UK asylum” — http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jul/07/gay-men-granted-uk-asylum

[3] “Hillary Clinton Speaks Out Against ‘Oppressive’ Anti-Gay Uganda Bill” — http://www.towleroad.com/2009/12/hillary-clinton-speaks-out-against-oppressive-antigay-uganda-bill.html

[4] “Rachel Maddow Interviews David Bahati — Part 1” — http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#40579129

[5] “Rachel Maddow Interviews David Bahati — Part 1” — http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#40579299

[6] “Americans’ Role Seen in Uganda Anti-Gay Push” — http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/04/world/africa

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