Ugandan LGBTI celebrate their activists

Pride in Uganda (Photo courtesy of Keiko Hiromi)
Pride in Uganda (Photo courtesy of Keiko Hiromi)

Spectrum Uganda Initiatives announces today the results of its online vote among Ugandans for outstanding individuals, events and projects in 2014.  

With all the difficulties in Uganda, it is heartening that Ugandan LGBTI and their allies would take the time to participate by the hundreds in this poll by Spectrum to recall and to celebrate the best among themselves.

Congratulations to Spectrum for organizing this poll and to all who took the time to vote and to all Ugandans who continue to struggle through these difficult times at home and in the diaspora.

Spectrum Uganda logoSpectrum Uganda Initiatives announces the results of your voting.  Thanks to all the other nominees … and to the entire community for your sincere participation. All the best in 2015, until December next year, be blessed. ALUTA CONTINUA!

  • 1. Most outstanding male activist – Frank Mugisha.
  • 2. Most outstanding female activist – Kasha Nabagesera
  • 3. Most outstanding trans-activists – Pepe Onziema
  • 4. Outstanding organizations – Spectrum & Icebreakers
  • 5. Freelance activist – Ambrosio Wazabanga
  • 6. Outstanding community mobilizers – Brant Luswata  & Frank Kamya
  • 7. Outstanding public figures – Adrian Jukko
  • 8. Most inspiring – Dr Stella Nyanzi
  • 9. Upcoming strong activists – Zak Skats & Richard Lusimbo
  • 10. Most active social media activist – Frank Mugisha
  • 11. Most active social media pages/groups – Spectrum Uganda
  • 12. Outstanding 2014 community project – Economic empowerment by YRF – Youth on Rock Foundation
  • 13. Most successful event – Pride 2014
  • 14. Incredible partners – HRAPF –  Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum
  • 15. Outstanding service providers – Marpi Mulago & HRAPF – Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum
  • 16. Outstanding entertainment group – TUK –  Talented Ugandan Kuchus
  • 17. Outstanding hangouts – Ram bar
  • 18. Most social activist –  Frank Kamya
  • 19. Most outstanding moment – Pride 2014
  • 20. Outstanding campaign – Launch of Bombastic Magazine
  • 21 . Outstanding diaspora supporter – Melanie Nathan

Within minute of the announcement, activist Ambrosio Wazabanga Barigye posted the following message:

Thank you to all those who voted for me and recognised my work for the Ugandan LGBTI community. I pledge to continue doing what I do best come 2015; we shall not stop until they stop.  Its been an amazing period seeing community members participate socially in this campaign as they voted for their favourite activists of the year in Uganda.  Happy New Year!

Spectrum is a practical initiative that provides lifesaving health services to LGBTI Ugandans living with HIV/aids. It currently serves over 500 clients with prevention, treatment, care, and support services.

Last year, the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) recognized Spectrum’s important work with a GMT Initiative Grant Award. In 2012 it participated in the award-winning documentary, Call Me Kuchu, that explores the hardships and courage of the Ugandan LGBTI community.

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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