Sunday, 27 February 2011

Event: London screening for new documentary on Ugandan LGBT asylum seekers

Source: UKLGIG

In the wake of the murder of Ugandan LGBTI rights activist David Kato, and following growing concern over the practice of removing sexual and gender minority asylum claimants back to their home countries, UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG), the Refugee Law Project and the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law are holding a public launch of a revealing documentary on the realities of gay, lesbian and trans asylum seeking in London.

For many LGBTI Africans, coming out to family and friends at home is not even an option. Before they can come out, they have first to get out. This means not only finding means to escape the political forces promoting homophobia at home, but also dealing with the hypocrisies and failings of asylum systems the world over.

Through the true stories of five individuals, 'Getting Out', a sixty minute documentary shot in Uganda, South Africa, Geneva and London, with supporting footage from Malawi and Zimbabwe, explores just what it takes ...

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with guest speakers including:
  • Dr Chris Dolan, Director of Refugee Law Project; 
  • S. Chelvan, Barrister, No5 Chambers
  • Ugandan LGBTI Activist (tbc) and;
  • a representative from the Home Office.
After the discussion there will be the opportunity to interact with two of the asylum seekers featured in the film, as well as the producer and directors.
  • Screening date: Tuesday 29 March at 7pm (nb: running time is 60 minutes)
  • Venue: The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place London W2 1QJ (Tube is Paddington)
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On 11 February the Refugee Law Project (RLP) of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, in collaboration with the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law launched 'Getting Out' in Uganda.
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