Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Refugee Coalition of East Africa calls for attention to anti-queer violence
--From a press release
2021-05-07

This article shared 1464 times since Fri May 7, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


On May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia will be observed worldwide, followed by many celebrations of Pride in the month of June. We at the Refugee Coalition of East Africa will raise our voices in solidarity and visibility with our fellows around the world during these upcoming events. We are also in desperate need of your attention.

The situation in East Africa has deteriorated in the past year. Both as a result of the global health crisis and because said crisis has taken so much of the world's attention, we are suffering unnoticed. There has been a sharp increase in anti-queer violence in the region, most notably the recent (and unpunished) murder of our fellow, Trinidad in the refugee camp in Kakuma. There has also been a marked increase in targeted harassment of LGBTQI+ persons, particularly of refugees, by local police.

We have been left to fend for ourselves and we ask the world to take notice and to come to our aid. The Kenyan government, open in its disdain for queer persons (and in particular queer refugees) has turned a blind eye to not only civilian violence, but to harassment by local officials. We have seen increased assault on our fellows. We have experienced open homophobic and transphobic barriers to our access to healthcare. We hear of the camp closing in Kakuma but we do not hear of any programs, assistance or planning to help these persons find new homes and safety, particularly the queer refugees whose lives are already in danger.

The recent legislation in Uganda will likely result in a new influx of queer persons fleeing to Kenya, yet how can we prepare to help those people when we are denied the resources and assistance to adequately care for those that are already here?

We call upon the UNHCR to intervene on our behalf and not turn the other way when the Kenyan authorities abuse us and ignore when we are assaulted and killed. We also ask that the UNHCR increase its efforts to unclog the resettlement pipelines in its systems and prioritize LGBTQI+ persons in the region as the violence we have experienced displays, with no uncertainty, that our lives are in constant danger. We ask for increased efforts to develop programs and solutions for queer refugees who are currently choosing between a camp (that will soon close) where they are in danger or urban living where we are unsupported, unable to work, and regularly subject to discrimination and violence.

We call upon the world media and human rights organizations to take notice. We ask you to see that our situation has become intolerable and that we need your help. We need assistance and we need visibility so that local authorities feel the pressure to observe our basic human rights. We thank outlets including VICE and Thomson Reuters who are seeing us and writing about our plight, and we ask for the same from others who have resources and/or networks that could do more.

We understand that there is much happening in the world and that many are suffering, but we implore the international community to take notice, to remember that we exist, and to raise your voices against those who harm us. We implore humankind to not let us slip from your consciousness. We need protection, basic provisions, housing, health care and safety. We need you.

The Refugee Coalition of East Africa (RefCEA) is a registered community organization for and by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers. RefCEA was established to unite the various independent LGBTQI refugee organizations in East Africa under an umbrella organization in order to facilitate long-term planning, advocacy, and representation, and to provide fiscal management and fundraising support for its members. Additionally, RefCEA oversees research initiatives representing the LGBTQI refugee community and works toward improving conditions for refugees during the resettlement waiting period. Current membership consists of: Nature Network, Foundation for LBQ Women Refugees, Refugee Trans Initiative, COSIR, Pride Umbrella Kenya, Lunko Haute Couture, Dessert Roses Foundation, and Refugee French Speaking Association. www.refugeecoalition.com .


This article shared 1464 times since Fri May 7, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

CTA proposes reduced fare changes
2021-10-22
During a time when the prices of just about everything seems to increase, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is proposing the opposite, according to The Chicago Sun-Times. The CTA has proposed slashing some fares to boost ...


Gay News

Author Margaret Atwood in anti-trans controversy
2021-10-21
The Handmaid's Tale author Margaret Atwood has been called transphobic after she shared an article complaining about gender-neutral language on Twitter. According to PinkNews, the opinion piece—which Toronto Star columnist ...


Gay News

More than half of American Indian, Alaskan Native LGBT adults in the U.S. have been attacked
2021-10-21
--From a Williams Institute press release - A new study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law finds that the estimated 285,000 adults in the U.S. that identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native (AIAN) and LGBT report high rates of ...


Gay News

Celebrities support trans employees in Netflix walkout with video
2021-10-20
As the Netflix walkout in response to the company's continued support of Dave Chappelle's special The Closer was underway at the streamer's Los Angeles headquarters Oct. 20, a video that includes activists and Netflix talent alike ...


Gay News

Colorado becomes first state to require trans care as essential health benefit
2021-10-17
Colorado has become the first state in the country to include transition-related care for transgender people as part of the requirements for essential healthcare in the state, The Washington Blade reported. As part of the change, ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Foster-parent case, stars speak out, Texas youth, 'Queer Eye,' HIV
2021-10-17
Americans United for Separation of Church and State and Lambda Legal, together with the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along ...


Gay News

WORLD Plus magazine, The Guardian, Dutch princess, anti-trans ruling
2021-10-17
The largest circulated HIV publication in the country, Plus, unveiled its 25 Amazing People of the Year, per a press release. Just a few of the individuals are actor Billy Porter; Mandisa Nikita Dukashe: South African ...


Gay News

Jury selection in Smollett trial starts Nov. 29
2021-10-15
The Jussie Smollett saga continues. Almost three years since out actor Jussie Smollett (TV's Empire; the film Alien: Covenant) was allegedly attacked in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood, Cook County Judge James ...


Gay News

Attorneys general file pro-transgender brief
2021-10-15
A coalition of 20 attorneys general, including Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and New York counterpart Letitia James, filed an amicus brief in the case of Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools, opposing the plaintiffs' efforts ...


Gay News

Chicago Plumbing Code allows all-gender multiple occupancy restrooms
2021-10-15
--From a Community Restroom Access Project (CRAP) press release - CHICAGO — The Community Restroom Access Project (CRAP) applauds passage Thursday by the Chicago City Council of the plumbing code modernization ordinance that will allow businesses and building owners to ...


Gay News

Dozens of celebrities, companies set to take part in Spirit Day on Oct. 21
2021-10-15
--From a press release - New York, NY, Thursday, October 14, 2021 - Today, GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, announced a preliminary list of celebrities, shows ...


Gay News

Brave Space Alliance's 'Out 'N Brave' panel on beauty, coming out
2021-10-14
By Cris Villalonga-Vivoni - Coming out is one of the most terrifying yet liberating experiences that an LGBTQ+ person must endure to achieve happiness. Brave Space Alliance (BSA)—Chicago's South Side, Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ resource ...


Gay News

LGBTQ History Month: Pauli Murray, architect of history
2021-10-13
By Victoria A. Brownworth - (Note: The pronouns she/her are used in keeping with Murray's own writings, but Murray was a transmasculine and gender-nonconforming lesbian.) Some say Pauli Murray is the most important U.S. activist many have never heard of. An ...


Gay News

Trans employees plan Oct. 20 walkout at Netflix [UPDATE]
2021-10-13
Netflix's trans employee resource group is planning a company-wide walkout Wed., Oct. 20, to protest statements made by co-CEO Ted Sarandos regarding Dave Chappelle's latest comedy special The Closer, according to The Verge. "Trans Lives Matter. ...


Gay News

Netflix suspends trans employee who tweeted about Chapelle special
2021-10-12
Netflix suspended a transgender employee who criticized the new Dave Chappelle stand-up special The Closer, writing on Twitter that Chappelle's jokes were harmful to transgender people and the LGBTQ community, NBC News noted. The company denied ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.