A Crowdrise fundraising initiative by Tyrone Davis
I recently met a prominent Ugandan LGBTI activist—John “Long Jones” Abdallah Wambere—who runs an organization called “Spectrum Uganda Initiatives”. Spectrum is 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.
What’s more, The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) even recognized Spectrum’s important work last year with a GMT Initiative Grant Award, and Spectrum has been the subject of an NPR interview and a 2012 award-winning documentary,Call Me Kuchu (available on Netflix), exploring the hardships of the Ugandan LGBTI community.
Spectrum’s work is more important now 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.
The LGBTI community is in state of emergency. Their security is uncertain. You and I can do something,
Please stand with our friends in Uganda at this horrific time, and consider making a donation to Spectrum Uganda Initiatives.
- Uganda: Plea for help for 2 attacked, 2 arrested for sodomy (76crimes.com)
- Uganda gay teen commits suicide over anti-gay law (terkinn.wordpress.com)
- Under threat, Ugandan rights group plans to move to safety (76crimes.com)
- Police arrest Ugandan LGBT leader Sam Ganafa (76crimes.com)