Ugandan LGBT activists warn against false fund raising

Published: May 27, 2013

The Ugandan LGBT community is expressing concerns about rogue organizations and individuals soliciting funds from the West through false or exaggerated stories presented on social media. What follows is a plea and announcement by LGBT human rights defender Kasha Jaqueline Nabagesera, Founder & Executive Director of the Ugandan organization Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG,) for people to exercise caution when providing funds to Ugandans, some of whom may be desperately seeking to make money on the backs of the LGBT community.

The Ugandan LGBT activist community is asking:  “Our dear friends, allies, partners, funders and strangers” to  “Please listen to us on the ground. We know you want to support, stand in solidarity with us and even just be there for us. Your inspiring emails, letters, and calls keep us going.” However, she notes, that  just like all other social justice movements people are likely to be taken advantage of  – by our very own community, anti-gay groups and perhaps even straight people seeking to make money from the situation of the perceived  LGBT  crisis in Uganda. Accordingly, the activists ask that anyone being asked to donate money, for any reason, especially with regard to specific in the moment incidents or for pleas relating to individuals, find a way to identify the source of the request and to verify the news or story they are being told.

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