Sep 052015
 
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Bombastic Magazine: Answer to Homophobic Uganda

Our rainbow sisters and brothers are ‘hiding’ in their own country of Uganda. Have you watched movies of Nazi Germany? Have you read about the Jewish girl, Anne Frank? Have you heard of Hitler’s “Final Solution” to eliminate Jews? If you shuddered at the Nazi atrocities against Jews, then realize that this type of inhumanity is being carried out now in Uganda (and Nigeria).

Wait, you say – Uganda is not killing homosexuals! Well, they introduced legislation called “Kill the Gays Bill.” International condemnation squashed the Bill, but member of the Uganda LGBTI community are hiding – just like the Jews did under the horrific regime of Hitler. (Hitler claimed to be a Christian);

David Kato: Born: February 13, 1964, Mukono District, Uganda Murdered:  January 26, 2011, Mukono Town, Uganda

David Kato:
Born: February 13, 1964, Mukono District, Uganda
Murdered: January 26, 2011, Mukono Town, Uganda

What Can We Do to Help?

Bombastic Magazine is raising money to counteract this plague of inhumanity that is spreading everywhere in Uganda. Bombastic staff know that “Kill the Gays Bill” was introduced by hateful Christians. Bombastic knows that scientific societies worldwide state that homosexuality is not a disease, mental illness or perversion. Scientists and medical professionals state that homosexuality cannot be reversed, hence it is NOT a choice.

Bombastic wants to get that information out to open-minded Ugandans.

For more information on Bombastic Magazine, visit www.kuchutimes.com

For more information on IGLHRC, visit www.iglhrc.org

Here is How Bombastic Started

Kasha Jacqueline, one of the founders of the Ugandan LGBT movement, understood how powerful individual stories can be. She knew that a misguided perception of diversity as a “sickness”, “western import” or “perversion” could not withstand the test of closeness. Those who open their eyes to see what their neighbors, friends, and family members have experienced cannot justify discrimination (no matter what their religious leaders or politicians may say).

Kasha collected dozens of stories and printed the first edition of “Bombastic Magazine” in record time. She cut costs every way she could, editing the text herself and brokering deals with printers who took the risk of being prosecuted. Her team distributed the free magazine across Uganda, leaving it on doorsteps, car windshields, and other locations where its message would be heard. The results were beyond their wildest expectations.

A Powerful Impact

Phone calls came in from across the country. Some had never known other people nearby were going through the same struggles.  Others opened their eyes to the reality that their own family members could be transgender. Some simply thanked her for helping them expand their awareness.

They printed about 20,000 copies and ran out faster than expected. Even police officers requested copies, as well as the Minister of Health and other high-ranking politicians. The magazine was prominently discussed in the Ugandan media.

Kasha saw something she could only sense before. Behind the bigotry, intolerance, and persecution – her movement had more allies than she knew.

 

Your help is key

 

More stories are pouring in, and more people are clamoring for a second edition. Kasha wants to print 30,000 copies and distribute them nationally. She wants to invest in a professional editor, and more formal operations for distribution.

Printing costs $10 per issue, a higher price than usual (charged by the printer who is taking legal risks to be involved in the project). This is her only choice, as printing outside of the country would lead to immediate confiscation upon crossing the border. She needs $5,000 to complete the funding and get started.

We are counting on your support to print and finance the second edition of Bombastic Magazine.

As a donation to Kasha’s fiscal sponsor, The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, your contribution is 100% tax deductible. All proceeds will be used to fund the magazine.

Thank you for your generosity.

About IGLHR

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission fights to protect and advance LGBTI peoples’ dignity and human rights as part of the global human rights movement. We empower people on the frontlines, hold leaders accountable and measure our impact through positive change in people’s lives.

Bringing decades of experience, our staff works alongside LGBTIQ individuals to help identify community-focused solutions and guide policymakers toward lasting change.

For more information on Bombastic Magazine, visit www.kuchutimes.com

For more information on IGLHRC, visit www.iglhrc.org

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