Through our international screening tour and social action campaign, God Loves Uganda has served as a catalyst for dialogue and change, in an attempt to help end the influence of American Evangelical extremism in Ugandan politics and government.
Here are eight things YOU can do to make a difference:
1. Tell your faith community: “No Hate in the Collection Plate”
Western churches have done great work in Uganda, and in Africa as a whole. They have provided food and shelter to millions of orphans, built schools, and administered health care. They helped make Uganda an economic success story in Africa. Uganda can greatly benefit from foreign faith communities, if they separate the Scott Lively extremists from the moderate evangelicals. In doubt what exactly happens to the money you donate to your faith community? Then ask your faith leader! Ask for accountability. Make sure your money does not end up funding hate.
2. Sign the petition
Speak out now against the new extreme law that sends LGBT Ugandans to jail for life. Sign to get world leaders, companies, and religious groups to join in the outcry!
3. Host a screening of God Loves Uganda
We need every faith leader in the country to vocalize opposition to violence and intolerance. Only then can we begin to stem the exportation of hate and intolerance to other countries. If you are interested in showing the film in your city, please let us know.
4. Help stop Scott Lively, anti-gay extremist
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a non-profit umbrella organization for LGBTI advocacy groups in Uganda, against Scott Lively, best known for his staunch opposition to LGBT rights. His 2009 campaign against homosexuality in Uganda, including a testimony given to the Ugandan Parliament, made him an architect of the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” bill, and he went on a 50-city tour of Russia advocating for the criminalization of speech and advocacy in support of gay rights.
Donate to support the CCR and SMUG to hold Scott Lively accountable for his actions in a U.S. Federal Court.
5. Join us in the dialogue
The beginning of change always starts with a dialogue. We’re looking for that conversation via Twitter and Facebook as well. Join us:
Follow @GodLovesUganda on Twitter. Like us on Facebook. Join our mailing list and receive our newsletter.
6. Support the St. Paul’s Foundation
The St. Paul’s Foundation is a San Diego-based nonprofit focused on LGBT global equality. Among others, they support St Paul’s Reconciliation and Equality Centre in Kampala, and it’s founder (and one of the main subjects in God Loves Uganda): Ugandan Bishop/gay-rights activist Christopher Senyonjo.
The foundation focuses on LGBT rights, HIV programs and women’s development programs, and on the intersection of human rights, health, education and faith, by providing resources for emerging grass roots organizations and leaders in the Global South.
Tax-deductible donations can be made here.
7. Share our story
It’s important that as many people as possible become aware of the film and the important issues it highlights. A great way of doing so is by posting our trailer on your Facebook page or blog. Here’s the YouTube link to our trailer: http://youtu.be/UnH5AWqBcLg
The DVD of God Loves Uganda will be released May 19th, 2014.
8. Stay informed
A lot is happening regarding laws, prejudice and discrimination against sexuality minorities worldwide, and the role of religion and faith leaders in these matters. The websites listed here are some of the ones we often go to for the latest reporting and thorough analysis. Knowledge is power. Keep yourself informed and spread the news!