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One focus of Pride Amsterdam: Anti-LGBT countries, victims

Pride Amsterdam: Marching for those who can not join us (Romy Fernandez photo)

Pride Amsterdam: Marching for those who can not join us (Romy Fernandez photo)

Pride Amsterdam organizers are making plans for a July 29 march in support of activists and other people at risk in the 76+ countries with anti-LGBTI laws. This blog is helping with fact-checking and other information.

Pride Walk on Saturday, July 29, will kick off the week of Pride celebrations, which will run through Aug. 6. Among the plans under way:

Flags of shame: A procession of people carrying the flags of countries with anti-LGBTI laws along with black banners showing the names of the countries.

At EuroPride 2016, trans model Valentijn de Hingh posed in a dress made of flags from 72 countries where homosexuality is illegal. The dress was made by fashion designer Matthijs van Bergen and artist Oeri van Woezik. (Pieter Henket photo courtesy of Gaily Grind)

At EuroPride 2016, trans model Valentijn de Hingh posed in a dress made of flags from 72 countries where homosexuality is illegal. The dress was made by fashion designer Matthijs van Bergen and artist Oeri van Woezik. (Pieter Henket photo courtesy of Gaily Grind)

Rainbow dress: Last year, the flags of countries where homosexuality is illegal were assembled into a rainbow dress. This year, the flags of three countries that reversed those laws — Nauru, Seychelles and Belize — will be removed from the dress and replaced with rainbow flags.  Those countries will be honored during the festivities.

Equal Rights Coalition: Honors will go to this coalition of 33 countries that have a shared vision of equality regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. At the initiative of Canada’s ambassador, representatives from those countries will join the march. So far, about 75 representatives from half of those countries have signed up to march, including some ambassadors, consul generals and  embassy staff members. A celebratory gathering will be held before the march at the offices of Amnesty International.

Pride Walk flyer

Pride Walk flyer

Marching for those who cannot join us: That’s the motto of this year’s Pride Walk. Marchers will carry photos of people at risk and other LGBTI people who cannot march, with more detailed information in a press kit.

This blog is providing brief information about activists and people who have agreed to have their names and photos published, plus several victims of anti-LGBTI murders. (See samples below.)  The current plan is for marchers’ T-shirts to have the logo of Pride on the front and the logo of Erasing 76 Crimes on the back.

Protest floats: The march will include floats highlighting the problems of LGBTI refugees and LGBTI citizens of Iran and Morocco.

Also proposed for Pride Walk:

Dykes on bikes, drag queens too:  Motorcycles of the “Dykes on Bikes” group will lead the parade, while drag queens will walk or ride on bicycles.

Color guards / flags of pride: A group of LGBTI people will perform a show on the street with flags and good music.

Dance group ‘Swinging Hips’:  “Happy music, cool moves, just no bare buttocks. It’s a bit exciting.”

Youthful marchers: For the first time a large group of young people, ages 14-25, will join Pride Walk. Participation is being coordinated with 13 youth organizations.

Marching for those who cannot join us

Below are some of the activists and other people, alive and dead, whom this blog proposed for inclusion in the Pride Walk demonstration of support for people at risk. (With apologies to the many, many brave activists whom we could not reach or did not have time to contact):

LGBT rights activist Eric Lembembe of Cameroon was murdered in July 2013. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Eric Lembembe
Cameroon

Journalist/LGBT rights activist. Murdered in 2013.

https://76crimes.com/tag/eric-lembembe/

274 names withheld
Egypt

Each of an estimated 274 LGBTIQ people arrested during Egypt’s crackdown, which started in late 2013.

https://76crimes.com/2016/11/17/more-than-274-lgbtq-victims-of-egypts-ongoing-repression/

 

Amon Champyuni
Malawi

Convicted in 2011, one of three men who were sentenced to 10 to 14 years in prison for homosexual activity under a law that is being challenged in Malawian courts.

https://76crimes.com/2014/06/16/3-in-malawi-prisons-await-ruling-on-sodomy-law/

Mathews Bello
Malawi

Convicted in 2011, one of three men who were sentenced to 10 to 14 years in prison for homosexual activity under a law that is being challenged in Malawian courts.

https://76crimes.com/2014/06/16/3-in-malawi-prisons-await-ruling-on-sodomy-law/

Musa Chiwisi
Malawi

Convicted in 2011, one of three men who were sentenced to 10 to 14 years in prison for homosexual activity under a law that is being challenged in Malawian courts.

https://76crimes.com/2014/06/16/3-in-malawi-prisons-await-ruling-on-sodomy-law/

100+ names withheld
Chechnya

Each of an estimated 100+ allegedly LGBT people arrested during Chechnya’s crackdown starting in the spring of 2017.

https://76crimes.com/tag/chechnya/

David Kato
Uganda

LGBT rights activist, murdered in 2011.

https://76crimes.com/2016/01/26/david-kato-martyr-in-ongoing-struggle-for-lgbti-rights/

Joe Odero in the hospital after the attack.

Joe Odero (pseudonym)
of Kenya (in exile)

LGBT rights activist/journalist who is still being hunted by anti-gay criminals who failed to kill him in an attack in January 2016 that was aimed at preventing him from testifying in the murder trial of three Kenyans who killed an intersex teenager.

https://76crimes.com/confronting-hatred-the-joe-odero-story/

2,343 names withheld
69 countries

Each of 2,343 trans and gender-diverse people reported killed in 69 countries worldwide between 2008 and 2016.

https://76crimes.com/100s-die-in-homophobic-anti-gay-attacks-statistics-updates/

Wilka (Photo from Facebook via Gay Star News)

Wilka
Brazil

Wilka, a 40-year-old trans woman in Loteamento Luiz Gonzaga, urban area of ​​Vitória de Santo Antão in the southern state of Pernambuco, was robbed and fatally stabbed on March 26, 2017, while returning home from visiting a friend. A friend said her murderers mistook her for a cisgender (non-trans) woman. When the robbers found out that Wilka was a trans woman, they murdered her, the friend said.

https://76crimes.com/100s-die-in-homophobic-anti-gay-attacks-statistics-updates/

Many other murdered LGBTI people’s photos and stories are in that file, all of them available and appropriate for inclusion in Pride Walk.

Name withheld
Tunisia

16-year-old gets a four-month sentence for homosexuality. This youth is just one of the more recent victims of Tunisian repression. Arrests and imprisonment are an ongoing danger for LGBT Tunisians.

https://76crimes.com/2017/06/24/tunisia-teen-gets-4-month-sentence-for-homosexuality/

 

Michel Togué
Cameroon

One of a very few Cameroonian lawyers who accept LGBTI clients, along with Alice Nkom.  He moved family members abroad after receiving threats that they would be attacked if he did not stop representing homosexuals.

https://76crimes.com/2017/03/17/your-children-will-die-if-you-dont-stop/

https://76crimes.com/2015/12/07/cameroon-lawyer-beaten-up-for-defending-gay-man/

 

Happily married same-sex couple Tom Decker and Maurice Tomllinson

Happily married same-sex couple Tom Decker and Maurice Tomlinson

Maurice Tomlinson
Jamaica (and Canada)

Alexis Sekamate (Photo courtesy of Simon Kwesigabo, used with permission of Alexis Sekamate)

Alexis Sekamate
Ugandan trans woman refugee in Kenya

Sempigya Juma Abubakar (Photo courtesy of Simon Kwesigabo)

Sempigya Juma Abubakar
Gay Ugandan who fled to Kenya to be with his partner

Peter, in a photo that has been edited for security's sake so he will not be easily recognized. (Photo courtesy of Kamarah Apollo)

Peter, a gay Ugandan refugee in Kenya.
He hid in a tree to escape death at the hands of his homophobic family.

Dr. Frank Mugisha (Photo courtesy Facebook)

Frank Mugisha

Ugandan LGBT advocate,
executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG)

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera (Photo courtesy of Amnesty.fr)

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera
Ugandan LGBT advocate, founder of Bombastic Magazine, founder Freedom & Roam Uganda

Sam K. Ganafa, executive director of Spectrum Uganda (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Samuel Ganafa
Ugandan LGBTI rights activist,
executive director of Spectrum Uganda Initiatives.

 

George Barasa

Kuchu Times correspondent in Nairobi

https://www.kuchutimes.com/2014/12/kenya-let-me-introduce-myself/

Joseph Kawesi (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Joseph Kawesi

Co-founder of Uganda’s anti-AIDS and pro-LGBT rights advocacy group Youth on Rock Foundation

https://76crimes.com/?s=Joseph+Kawesi&submit=Search

Frank Kamya (Kanobana Mwanje Franco). (Photo courtesy of Stella Nyanzi)

Frank Kamya
(Kanobana Mwanje Franco)
Queer sex worker activist in Uganda
A driving force behind the advocacy groups Youth on Rock Foundation and the Come Out Post-Test Club, based in the poorest sections of Kampala, Uganda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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