As I work for an LGBT+ organisation in the UK, from time-to-time people from other countries get in touch. Every once in a while someone's story moves me so much that I feel I need to do something. When Dembe got in touch (name changed to protect her identity) her kindness, generosity and passion shone through. Dembe lives in Uganda and is a lesbian. Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda and she risks her life every day to help other lesbian and gay people, and has suffered abuse at the hands of the police because of this. Not only this, but she takes in other lesbian and gay people to live in her house. When Covid-19 struck, food parcels were being delivered to people in need. But lesbian and gay people are often denied food aid, as part of a hostile environment again LGBT+ people. So when we first started talking, Dembe didn't ask for money or for food, she asked for help to set up a charity to fight for Ugandan LGBT+ Rights. Over the past few months Dembe and I have worked together alongside a human rights lawyer to create a constitution and set up a support organisation. She is going to work with the LGBT+ community in Uganda to support one another, provide safe spaces and to create social change within Uganda. I have decided to support this with £100 per month of my salary. I am urging any of you who can spare a one-off or ongoing donation to do so. If you are LGBT+ and do not live in fear for your life or imprisonment, then please spare a thought for your LGBT+ siblings elsewhere. Those who donate more than £15 and provide me with your address, will get a personalised letter, photo and badge.
Thanks so much Amelia Lee, LGBT Activist, North West England