Friday, 28 January 2011

A Plea

A letter I received forwarded earlier from a fb friend, Dawn Hunter - this is the best way I could think of to get it out there. Take 2 minutes out of your life to try to save someone elses. Thank you.


Dear friend,

All Out members deliver letter to Home Secretary Theresa May's office this morning.

Keep the pressure on!

We're down to the last hours to support Brenda Namigadde - a Ugandan lesbian scheduled to be deported TONIGHT from the UK. We talked to her yesterday and she was very upset - worried about leaving friends and family and the danger she will face living as a targeted lesbian in Uganda. It's a terrible position to be in, but we made sure she knew that thousands of you all over the world are standing up to stop her deportation.

When we started this campaign, very few people were paying attention. Now more than 35,000 people have sent our letter, drawing major internaional news stories and building pressure on Theresa May to do the right thing.

We're having a huge impact, but we are running out of time. If you have a minute, please spread the word to more friends and family now:

Here's a quick picture of what's happening right now, with your help:

This morning, our friends in London delivered a giant copy of the letter in front of press to 10 Downing Street, the home of the UK Prime Minister.
Our campaign has grabbed the attention of The Guardian1, the Advocate2 and some of the biggest and best known blogs in the world.
That coverage has started a spiral with everyone from the New York Times3, London's Metro4 and the BBC5 picking up Brenda's urgent story.
A senior member of the US State Department told us he would take up the matter and discuss your letters with the UK ambassador this morning.

It's working. The pressure on Theresa Mays is building. But the home office has still not changed its deportation order and our latest information is that Brenda's flight to Uganda via Kenya remains scheduled for tonight. Please, add your name and spread the word:

All the best and All Out,

Andre, Jeremy, Joseph, Tile, Wesley and the rest of the team at All Out

All Out is bringing people together in every corner of the planet and of every identity - lesbian, gay, straight, transgender and all that’s between and beyond - to build a world in which everyone can live freely and be embraced for who they are.


1. Ugandan lesbian awaiting deportation fears for her safety

2. A Ugandan Woman's Desperate Plea

3. David Kato, Gay Rights Activist, Is Killed in Uganda

4. Battle to Save Ugandan Lesbian Facing Death for Being Gay

5. UK based lesbian says she is not safe in Uganda after the death of a gay rights activist

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