During the past few months, the Ugandan government has ramped up its efforts to revive the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, including renewed calls for the death penalty for LGBTQ Ugandans. General violence against LGBTQ Ugandans has risen sharply, including violence against members of Bulungi Tree Shade Friends Meeting, a meeting that is in relationship with Olympia Friends Meeting (NPYM).
In response to this crisis, Olympia Friends Meeting is actively seeking immediate donations to its Friends Ugandan Safe Transport Fund. The meeting created this fund in 2014 to help LGBTQ Ugandans help flee their homeland after the Anti-Homosexuality Act was originally passed in December 2013.
In the coming months, the Friends Ugandan Safe Transport Fund will help pay for medical expenses of victims of anti-LGBTQ violence and will help with transportation costs of LGBTQ Ugandans who choose to flee the country for their lives and safety.
As David Albert with Olympia Meeting told Western Friend this week, “What is happening there is pretty awful, and many of the targets are members of Bulungi Tree Shade Friends Meetting. . . . The fear level is extreme. Still, Meeting members there are doing what they can.”
News item submitted by David Albert, Olympia Friends Meeting, 12/9/2019