Thursday, April 10, 2014

Emergency Fund for Ugandan LGBTQ Friends Seeking Escape: Talcott Broadhead, Danger Dot Publishing

I want to share this with you. On their website, my friend Talcott Broadhead of Danger Dot Publishing wrote:
This is no “Savior” effort. This is a response to the request of Ugandan LGBTQ communities to get.them.out. DangerDot is honored to provide 1 case of “Meet Polkadot,” as a beginning to this immediate relief effort.

The Polkadot Series [Danger Dot Publishing] » Emergency Fund for Ugandan LGBTQ Friends Seeking Escape - by Talcott Broadhead
http://dangerdot.com/emergencyfundforugandanlgbtqfriendsseekingescape/

April 6, 2014

At this moment DangerDot is working closely with the Olympia Friends (Quakers) to support 3 of our gay friends in Uganda. The brutality, imprisonment and deaths suffered by LGBTQ Ugandans is not merely a blip on your news feed– it is real. It is happening right now. Ugandan police and civilians are hunting down LGBTQ folks. It is on. We know of 3 murders just this week and those are just the murders that were public and undeniable. We know that many more of our brothers and sisters are imprisoned and have lost their lives because of their sexual and gender identity. Both real AND perceived.
and:
This is a moment to think seriously upon our collective commitment of “Never Again.”
and:
I know, and our friends in Uganda know, that creating an Underground transport to move them out of the country where they experience this oppression and violence is not the “answer” to fixing the broken system there.  However if we don’t move these friends now then we will be dealing with a recovery effort rather than a rescue effort.  We do what we have been asked to do.  We seek to use our privilege to create relief for those who are suffering.  This is no “Savior” effort.  This is a response to the request of Ugandan LGBTQ communities to get.them.out.  DangerDot is honored to provide 1 case of “Meet Polkadot,” as a beginning to this immediate relief effort.

As of Thursday morning, 4/10/14 DangerDot has raised $751. 
The goal is to raise $1500. 

Please learn more (read the whole piece) and make a donation here:
http://dangerdot.com/emergencyfundforugandanlgbtqfriendsseekingescape/

About the book: “Meet Polkadot” is written and illustrated by Talcott Broadhead, MSW.

“Meet Polkadot,” the first book in the Polkadot Series is an accessible introduction to our main character Polkadot. Polkadot as well as Polkadot’s big sister Gladiola and best friend Norma Alicia, introduce our readers to the challenges and beauty that are experienced by Polkadot as a non-binary, trans kid. http://dangerdot.com/faq-the-polkadot-series/
About DangerDot:
DangerDot is a small independent publishing company in Olympia, Washington, started by Talcott Broadhead in order to provide a landing spot for anti-oppression and liberation-focused literature for all ages. http://dangerdot.com/

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Important - regarding Andrew and Dorcas - please help and share:

Geho Uganda wrote 18 hours ago:
"Thanks to your prayers, solidarity, love, support and faith...Andrew is now still receiving treatment and medication!!! However, its heartbreaking that Dorcus is still stuck in Uganda, her hunters and the homophobic haters are looking for her, if they land their hands onto her she will stoned to death the mob. So far we have raised $324 for her Airticket and more is still needed ASAP"
About an hour ago Geho Uganda wrote:
"The police have intensified their search for Dorcas. All she needs now is a top up on her flight ticket out of Uganda. She needs $691 and some pocket money. "Meanwhile GEHO has been forced to close down our offices and one volunteer has been arrested. We are stuck with 13 people in Malaba and have insufficient resources to get them out. We need $865 for immediate need. Please stand with us to help get LGBTQ Individuals safely out of Jinja Uganda.
One of our supporters and partner in solidarity offered to help us fundraise by allowing us to use her paypal account which is interlinked with our http://www.gofundme.com/6suykk You can read more about Kristy on www.kristyboyce.com She is a photojournalist and has worked in Africa. We get the money directly within minutes of your donating. For comments and more information please contact us on gehouganda@gmail.com or inbox us in fb."
Information about Andrew is in posts below. RE Dorcas if you don't know who she is, here is an April 6 post by Geho Uganda:
URGENT: Dorcas Aweno 26yrs old has been an LGBTq Volunteer with GEHO in HIV/AIDS Program since 2008. On Tuesday she was exposed on over 6 FM Radio Stations in Jinja. Since she has been outed, she has been attacked several times, escaped 3 arrests and she is on the run. Dorcas has been having a Visa to Canada for some time and now she is appealing to your our friends to make contributions towards her airticket. Please make a donation if you can and willing. She needs $1.025 to make it to Montreal Canada ASAP. http://www.gofundme.com/6suykk"
For more information about GEHO Uganda and Andrew Waiswa, see other posts on my blog: http://gabiclayton.blogspot.com/
I will have more information soon about this work to save LGBTQ people in Uganda which I will post as soon as I can. You can subscribe to get my posts via email. See the form for that on the right side of the page.

Please make donations via GEHO Uganda page on GoFundMe:  

http://www.gofundme.com/6suykk

Thank you! 
Gabi

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Update from GEHO Uganda and Andrew Waiswa

Andrew Waiswa was able to get out of Uganda and is in Nairobi, Kenya now waiting for the Canadian embassy to verify his travel documents and identity. Then he will be able to fly to Toronto as a refugee. 

Note: If this is new information to you, read the two previous posts on my blog.

On March 4 Andrew wrote: 

Uganda is no longer our home..... You can still sponsor a kuchu out of Jinja Uganda, its time for faith and action - let us not wait till its too late...

http://www.gofundme.com/6suykk
On Friday, March 28 GEHO-Uganda (probably Andrew) posted:
This morning the Netherlands Embassy once again did it for us, it gave one of our client a visitor's visa to the Netherlands. He is called Nyeko Michael 26yrs T. Please support Nyeko to escape this hell and suffering in Uganda, you can contribute to his flight ticket to Netherlands so he can start a new life
Yesterday, March 29, GEHO-Uganda posted:
Through an arranged program, GEHO Uganda is helping her LGBTq Clients out of Uganda to go and seek asylum in other welcoming Western Countries. GEHO has 73 verified cases of LGBTq Individuals at immediate risk and danger that have to get out of Uganda ASAP. Here is a cost breakdown, for those who want to sponsor a gay person out of Uganda.
Transportation to Nairobi Kenya - $35 US Dollars
Logistics, food supplies, accommodation and stay for the individual as he waits approval 2-4weeks - $283 US Dollars
Passport - $60 US Dollars
Visa Application fees - $ 71 to $150 US Dollars (Depending on the Embassy)
Please help. 

Donations can be made through this link:  
http://www.gofundme.com/6suykk 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

I am begging the US Ambassador to Uganda for help for Andrew Waiswa - and for help from all

I want to share an email I sent to US Ambassador to Uganda Scott H. DeLisi this afternoon. It is asking for help for one gay man in Uganda although I know there are thousands. Although I have never met Andrew in person, we have become friends online and I have a deep respect and love for this man and the work he has been doing. I am sharing in hope that others will help also. Thanks, Gabi

Subject:     Please help Andrew Waiswa in Jinja, Uganda. He is founder of GEHO Uganda
Date:     Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:57:10 -0700
From:     Gabi Clayton
Reply-To:     gabi@gabiclayton.com
To:     KampalaWebContact @ state dot gov

Dear Ambassador LeLisi,
We connected on Facebook and I have that pasted below.

My friend Andrew Waiswa in Jinja, Uganda is in very serious danger. I know many people there are who are gay as he is, but he is the person I made a connection with online.


Andrew is the founder of GEHO Uganda. He was a refugee in Canada and went home to Uganda to help. Now his life is in jeopardy.

He just posted:

I know I will be jailed for seven years, but I can't risk to be lynched by the local mobs and gangs I can easily die if I make any mistake of showing out my face, so am considering to handle over my self to the police, be taken to court and sentenced, if am lucky I will only get 7yrs! If I don't get financial help to get out of Uganda ASAP am taking chances with the police and the Ugandan courts
Here is our contact via Facebook which has a link to my blog posting about him which has a lot more information.

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Gabi Clayton to ‎Scott H. DeLisi
March 4 at 9:24am

Ambassador DeLisi, I am an American citizen in Olympia Washington, and among other things I am mother of a wonderful son who committed suicide after a gay bashing here in 1995 when he was 17.
I am very concerned about the safety of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of Uganda now. Please do what you can to help them and get them asylum and safe passage out of Uganda. Their lives and at stake!

I have been posting on my blog here: http://gabiclayton.blogspot.com/2013/12/supporting-work-of-andrew-waiswa-and.html
Thank you.
Gabi Clayton ~ inside the outsider . . .: Please support the work of Andrew Waiswa and GEHO Uganda
gabiclayton.blogspot.com

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Scott H. DeLisi 
March 16 at 12:35am
Ms. Clayton. Sorry to be slow to respond. I was traveling to and in the US to discuss exactly these issues. We remain strongly committed not only to issues of LGBTI equality but to fighting for the protection of LGBTI cirtizens at risk of harm because of their sexual orientation. This is a commitment about which President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and many others among our senior leaders feel strongly, I can promise you.
  
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Gabi Clayton 
March 16 at 12:35am
Ambassador DeLisi, I very much appreciate your response, your service, and the support of you, President Obama, Secretary Kerry and the others. Please see if there can be direct assistance for Andrew and the others there as I remain so afraid for their lives. Thank you.
    

--- And today March 20th I posted:

Gabi Clayton


Ambassador DeLisi, my friend Andrew Waiswa in Jinja, Uganda posted as Geho Uganda today:
"For the last many years, I have been begging and appealing you to stand with me to provide for the LGBT Individuals at risk in Jinja Uganda, now its me who is at immediate danger! I want your help friends. Please consider a small. Contribution to help me leave ASAP. Yes am also now in hiding and its not safe. I don't want to be killed, help me" Andrew Waiswa
He is in grave danger. Is there something you/we can do to help him get out of the country?

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[In my email to Ambassador DeLisi, I continued:]


I know this is something you care about as does President Obama, Secretary Kerry and others.

This man put his life on the line to do good. He can do much more but not if he in prison for being gay or killed because of it.

I am asking for action.
Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Gabi Clayton

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Olympia, Washington
website: http://www.gabiclayton.com
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gabiclayton

    In memory of Bill
    http://www.youth-guard.org/gabi/
    Resources and my favorite quotes
    http://www.gabiclayton.com/gcresources.htm
    Organize! Some of the organizations I'm involved with
    http://www.gabiclayton.com/organize.htm 



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If you are able to donate to help Andrew and others, please go to 

Thank you,
Gabi

P.S. One more thing (for now):
Regarding my friend Andrew in Uganda, I have never met him in person. For those of you who don't think an online friendship can be real, consider mine with Steve Schalchlin which changed my life way before I was able to meet him in person.
 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Please support the work of Andrew Waiswa and GEHO Uganda

NOTE: Updates are at the end of this article. 

Please share this post to let others know what is going on and how they can help:
http://gabiclayton.blogspot.com/2013/12/supporting-work-of-andrew-waiswa-and.html

I met Andrew Waiswa on Facebook in October of 2013. I learned he had lived in Toronto, Canada as a refugee from 2010 to 2012, but he returned to Jinja, Uganda to become founder of GEHO Uganda (Gender Equality and Health Organization), which he created with others to help the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community there because the situation for LGBT people in Uganda is horrible. They get killed, assaulted and chased out of their homes and workplaces. GEHO Uganda provides safe houses for those who need shelter, legal and medical aid.

In her article, "Indomitable activist," Andrea Houston writes:
Ugandan gay rights activist Andrew Waiswa lives under constant threat of persecution, always worrying police will find the secret location of gay safe houses and bust down the doors.

… (Waiswa has given me permission to write his full name. In fact, he insisted on it. He knows the risk but says making himself visible to the world is the only way his voice can be heard.)

"I set up the safe houses because I could not stand the pain of being picked up by the police, thrown in a cell, questioned and treated badly," he says. "For gay people, it’s torment when you think you’ll be arrested. Most people just hang themselves or take poison or commit suicide in any way."


GEHO does wonderful work. For example, on October 20th Andrew posted:
This coming Wednesday and Thursday, GEHO will be training 25 Police Officers on how to process cases of transgender men and women. This was on request of the police, though it was their own initiative GEHO is not only expected to facilitate the training but also provide lunch/feeding and training materials. It's a step towards acceptance, and we are all in!

At the end of October GEHO’s members were heartbroken when they had to raise funds for the burial of Noel Baganzi, “activist, a friend, a skilled person and above all a member” who was killed when he was hit by a car.

Then at the end of November 2013, Andrew was assaulted in what was probably a hate crime and he was in critical condition. He has had two operations and has had to be moved from one hospital where he was getting poor care to another. GEHO Uganda has had to raise money for his care and for continuing the work of the organization.

On Facebook, supporter Fred Kwint writes:

We cannot let our brothers and sisters in Africa alone. Too many have paid with their life already! Too many are on the run, in hiding, living their life in fear. 
…With Andrew in the hospital the work of GEHO needs to continue. There is need for water and food in the safehouses and the rent needs to be paid. We can't bother Andrew with that now, so PLEASE!!!!!!!! If you can afford it, HELP!


Another friend of Andrew and GEHO wrote on 12/11/13:
URGENT: Reportedly, in his absence while in hospital, Andrew's task of servicing and maintaining the safehouses for the clients, has been interrupted. Will you please consider lending a hand?

The monies are necessary for rent, food, and utilities most importantly. There are no Government-based resources for them. They are treated and considered as criminals with nowhere to turn.

BREAKING--- VIA Fred Kwint:

"Just got a textmessage from *******. He does not want to bother Andrew with it, but the situation at the (GEHO UGANDA) safehouses is bad, they need money desperately. Would you help and spread the word?"

http://www.gofundme.com/6suykk
On November 4th Andrew messaged me, “Things are pretty hard right now but we have no choice out, hard times can't last forever.”

If you are able to donate, please go to the GoFundMe page for GEHO Uganda: 

http://www.gofundme.com/6suykk

To find out more, visit their website: http://www.geho-uganda.org/
And their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/geho.uganda
 


-- Media --

"Indomitable activist" by Andrea Houston - Feb 14, 2013 - Daily (Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver)
http://dailyxtra.com/canada/news/indomitable-activist

"Stephen Fry ‘Out There’ about Gays in Uganda

In this video British TV personality Stephen Fry examines the way gays are treated in Uganda and he confronts some of the prejudices that are widespread. Broadcast in the UK on BBC2 on 14 October 2013.
The part about Uganda starts at 17:32 but the whole video is excellent and related.
http://www.geho-uganda.org/2013/10/stephen-fry-out-there-about-gays-in-uganda/



"Film explores role of US evangelism in Ugandan moves towards proposed 'kill the gays' law" by Joseph Patrick McCormick, 17th October 2013 and with film trailer:
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/10/17/video-film-explores-role-of-us-evangelism-in-ugandan-moves-towards-proposed-kill-the-gays-law/






UPDATES

UPDATE: February 19, 2014
Geho Uganda (Andrew Waiswa) just wrote: 
"I have just been updated that President Museveni already signed the AHB commonly known as the Kill Gay Bill! The government is just delaying to make it known to the world. Now live with it, the AHB is now a law and legally am a criminal. Its a hardknock out here hey...!!!???? Lost n confused"
Your help, love, solidarity and support is needed now. Some LGBT people there must seek refuge outside of Uganda to save their lives. Others are in safe houses when they can find them, and those need support now more than ever. Donate through this link: http://www.gofundme.com/6suykk Thanks! Please share
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UPDATE: March 1, 2014

I am sharing this status by Geho Uganda to show why I have been asking for people to be involved, to donate, to do something to help LGBT people get out of Uganda. 
Geho Uganda (Andrew Waiswa) wrote: 
"Two suspected Gay men have been badly beaten by a mob and shameful dragged to Nansana Police Station. Reports coming indicate that they were undressed, forced to have sex in broad day light, they were only saved by one person who suggested that they be taken to police or else they could be dead by now. I will keep on following this developing story and share the details. This is the 17th attack in just 5days."

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UPDATE: March 2, 2014

Geho Uganda wrote:
Aluta Continua……
The struggle has been long and hard, many battles fought to stop the AHB right from the start. Unfortunately there were many forces in play behind the scene and it was signed into a law.

“I am a criminal not because of what I did but just because the law says so” Andrew Waiswa the founder of GEHO – Uganda, when he learnt that the President has assented to the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

“I can’t just believe we the gays have sacrificed for political gains in Uganda, how can reasonable people arrange evil for the homosexuals yet ignoring important issues affecting Ugandans like poor education, poor housing, bad lacks, health etc” Moses Kyala Independent Political Researcher.

Unlike other laws, The Bahati - Anti Homosexuality Act doesn’t have a designated commencement date, so it should be operational after it has been gazetted, which can be anytime, since President Gen. Museveni signed. Though no person can be charged under this Law since it has been gazetted, because of lack of rule of law in Uganda, the public/locals have taken the law in their own hands. The Anti-homosexuality act has a lot of support among the Ugandans, and the President has used it to gain a lot of support in preparation for the 2016 general elections where he will be standing for another 5years’ term (He has already been in power for 28years)

In the recent days, just after the president assented to the AHB, several LGBTq persons have been assaulted, arrested and detained. On Feb/25th a gay couple was attacked and one of them killed while the other is in critical condition in hospital. Hundreds of LGBTq Individuals have been thrown out of their homes by landlords and several have lost their jobs.

GEHO demands that the citizens of Uganda desist from radical and irrational acts of violence towards suspected LGBTq Individuals.

The Press, Media Houses etc should immediately stop negative reporting which has generated a lot of hatred and attacks on suspected LGBTq Individuals.

GEHO demands that Uganda should be isolated and we further support the move by donor countries to suspend aid to Uganda however they can still channel funds to NGOs working in Uganda and respect human rights irrespective of sex orientation.

GEHO further demands that the Uganda police and prisons investigate any cases of violence perpetrated against LGBT Individuals and holdback from making arrests based suspicion. Uganda is a signatory to International treats and in 2013 Geneva - Universal Periodic Review Uganda committed to protecting LGBTq persons. While assenting to the Bill, the President said that the country can’t be forced to do something “fundamentally wrong.”

Since it’s very clear that GEHO can’t not get support locally, we request the International community to support the LGBTq community Technically, Morally &financially, this support goes towards security issues and human rights abuses and violations.

To make a donation big or small to GEHO, please contact us on gehouganda@gmail.com or donate via our secure online link http://www.gofundme.com/6suykk
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UPDATE: March 4, 2014

GEHO Uganda wrote:
The world should know that some exposed and at risk LGBT Individuals are being attacked, killed, abused, blackmailed....more and more will die in cold blood is nothing is done to get them out of Uganda. If all join hands we can save this bloodshed.
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UPDATE: March 20, 2014

GEHO Uganda wrote:

"For the last many years, I have been begging and appealing you to stand with me to provide for the LGBT Individuals at risk in Jinja Uganda, now its me who is at immediate danger! I want your help friends. Please consider a small. Contribution to help me leave ASAP. Yes am also now in hiding and its not safe. I don't want to be killed, help me" Andrew Waiswa

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Wa are having a Giant Home Studio Art Sale this weekend!

Please join us this weekend for the Claytons' 
Giant Home Studio Art Sale!
More than 150 paintings and drawings!
Crazy low prices!






We have been severely impacted by the financial meltdown and have both lost work we depend on to meet our basic living expenses.

So … we’re having a two-day art sale at our home in Olympia, WA on November 30th and December 1st, 2013.

Paintings will be sold at WAY BELOW gallery prices with unstretched paintings discounted even more. There will also be lots of small works on paper by Alec and Gabi.

Alec’s oil and mixed-media paintings on canvas and wood panels sell in galleries at prices ranging from a few hundred dollars to $4000. We’ll have many paintings in the $200-$400 range and many unframed works on paper as low as $20 to $50.

Alec has a Master’s Degree in Drawing and Painting and has taught from first grade through advanced college classes. His paintings have been shown in galleries across the country and even once in Korea! He is currently represented by B2 Fine Art Gallery in Tacoma, which has graciously ok’d this sale.

He retired from making visual art in 2002 when he had open heart surgery (other than finishing up a handful of works in progress). His last exhibitions were a group show at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle in 2009 and a one-person exhibition at South Puget Sound Community College in 2007. Neither of those had works for sale. His last commercial gallery show was at B2 Gallery, January through March 2013.

This time we will also offer for sale 70 of Gabi’s works on paper. She majored in drawing and painting for two years before switching majors to film and animation. These have never before been shown in public!

The sale will be first come first served.

Autographed copies of Alec's novels will also be available.

Saturday, November 30th - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, December 1st - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1327 25th Court NE; Olympia, WA
(corner of Bethel)

Info: 360-628-8412 or alec@alecclayton.com

Please print and share this poster. (pdf file)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/212264968955844/

Thanks,
Gabi and Alec

Friday, May 31, 2013

My Savory Oatmeal


Breakfast this morning was savory oatmeal. Yum!

I used leftover rolled oats with a spoonful of peanut butter (chunky), soy milk (vanilla flavored), red chili flakes, Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning (which is sea salt, mustard seeds, black peppercorns, coriander, onion, garlic, paprika and chili peppers) and Jamaican (spicy) curry powder from Buck's Fifth Avenue - Culinary Exotica.

Sometimes instead I'll make it with soy milk, Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning, Bat's Brew Louisiana Hot Sauce, and red chili flakes.



I didn't measure anything, so have fun and do it to taste.

Alec likes his with raisins, blueberries, maple syrup, and soy milk.