Regarding Uganda’s Passage of A Law Targeting Its LGBTQ Population (Minute approved on April 13, 2014)
Olympia Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends [Quakers] has noted with deep concern the Ugandan Government’s passage of a law targeting the LGBTQ population. This law has created a climate where the life, health, and freedom of all LGBTQ Ugandans and those who help them are at immediate risk. We are appalled at hearing about those who have already been kicked out of their homes, denied basic rights, abandoned, beaten, imprisoned, or killed, or who live in constant fear.
Olympia Monthly Meeting has been called to create a “New Underground Railroad” project to aid LGBTQ Ugandans who are fleeing their homeland for their lives and safety. We have been given an opportunity to provide direct assistance that will save lives. In the first few weeks of this effort we helped 17 LGBTQ Ugandans get to safety and freedom [see the FAQs page for current numbers and other important information]. Many others remain at risk, and are trying to escape.
We call on all Friends, both individually and in their Meetings, Friends’ organizations, and all people of good will, to help us in this effort.
Friends New Underground Railroad is proud to be partnering with the Safe Passage Fund. The Safe Passage Fund was “created to provide emergency travel funds and support to LGBTQ individuals and allies who face immediate threats of arrest, attacks, violence, and severe persecution in countries where harsh laws have fostered a climate of extreme homophobia.“
Please support Friends New Underground Railroad/Safe Passage Fund.
See our most recent appeal here.
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Friends New Underground Railroad is sponsored by
- Families United Against Hate
- Multnomah Friends Meeting
- Unitarian Universalist Association (PDF document of the UUA General Session VII, General Assembly 2014)
- Dunedin Monthly Meeting, New Zealand
- Green Country Friends Monthly Meeting, Tulsa, OK
- Fort Myers FL Quaker Meeting
- Blue River Quarterly Meeting
- Rochester (NY) Friends Meeting
- Vassalboro Quarterly Meeting, Maine
- Vancouver Monthly Meeting, BC, Canada
- and many wonderful individuals!
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See: Regarding Uganda’s Passage of A Law Targeting Its LGBTQ Population (Draft Minute approved on April 13, 2014) – on the Olympia Monthly Meeting website.