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Gay Ugandans launch magazine to ‘reclaim the media’

Gay Ugandans launch magazine to ‘reclaim the media’

Ugandan’s LGBTI community yesterday (22 December) launched a free gay magazine in response to the notoriously anti-gay local media.

Bombastic magazine – ‘a compilation of stories, testimonies and opinions by LGBTI Ugandans’ – is the symbol of the Reclaiming the Media Campaign launched by the Kuchu Times online platform for LGBTI issues in Africa.

Local media routinely publishes the names and photos of people alleged to be gay in an effort to shame and humiliate them.

These forced outings have left many LGBTI Ugandans jobless and homeless, rejected by their families, denied health care and education, forced to flee the country; all of which the campaign describes as ‘forms of violence.’

‘By giving voice to homophobia, local media has also contributed largely to violence against LGBTI Ugandans,’ the campaign said in a statement. 

‘Many have told our stories wrongly and we can’t accept the trend to continue. Here are our stories, narrated and shared by ourselves,’ said Ambrose, member of the LGBTI community in Uganda.

‘We share our lived realities in the hope that they will inspire many people who have been filled with hate from politicians and religious leaders seeking political power and cheap popularity,’ said Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, initiator and coordinator of Reclaiming the Media Campaign.

Bombastic is distributed in local supermarkets and by volunteers. It is also available online.