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All Out organisation has released a thank you statement to all those who helped with their recent petition work for numerous LGBT rights movements around the world, including the fight to end the “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda.
The message from the organisation reads:
A few weeks ago, when over 500,000 of you from 190 countries around the world joined with All Out to oppose the hateful “Kill the Gays” bill in Uganda, we got a glimpse of just how powerful our global movement can be. Thank you for being a part of it.
You're part of a historic struggle to build a world in which nobody has to live in fear and shame for being who they are.
To make that possible, we're building an unprecedented alliance between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their straight friends and family in every corner of the world. We've already seen that change can happen at an incredible pace when we come together -- in India, Argentina, Iceland, Brazil and beyond. And we're just getting started.
Together, straight and LGBT, we can push this change further, faster.
But first we need to hear from you. Can you take just a few minutes to answer some quick questions about what issues matter most to you and how you want to see us go “All Out” for equality?
We’ve already done some pretty amazing things in our short time together. Check out some of our campaign highlights below.
GOING ALL OUT AGAINST THE “KILL THE GAYS” BILL IN UGANDA
When All Out launched an urgent action campaign against the notorious Anti-Homosexuality bill in Uganda, it quickly went viral— and in less than four days over 500,000 people from 190 countries had signed on to the campaign. Thousands of us called world leaders, asking them to speak out against the bill. Thanks to a groundswell of international pressure that we helped catalyze with our global partners, the bill was abandoned by parliament on Friday May 13. Ugandan politicians and analysts cited our international outcry as a key factor for dropping the bill.
PUSHING FOR AN AMBITIOUS ANTI-HOMOPHOBIA LAW IN BRAZIL
All Out has been working in support of an ambitious Anti-Homophobia law (PLC122) that would finally give ALL Brazilians equal protection under the law. Brazil has one of the highest rates of attacks and murders of LGBT people in the world. On May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia, our 100,000+ All Out / Avaaz petition was delivered to the Brazilian parliament and our efforts received tons of local press. Later that evening All Out organized a massive outdoor photo projection in Brasília, made up of hundreds of powerful messages of solidarity from our membership around the world. Check out some incredible photos from that event here
STANDING WITH JOSH & HENRY TO CHALLENGE UNJUST DEPORTATIONS OF LGBT SPOUSES IN THE US
When we heard the story of Josh Vandiver and Henry Velandia, a bi-national gay married couple in the U.S. facing separation because federal law still doesn’t recognize the marriages of same sex couples, we knew we had to act. With only weeks to go before Henry’s deportation hearing, we were one of the first to sound the alarm. In partnership with our allies at GetEqual and the Courage Campaign, we delivered more than 20,000 petition signatures to the Department of Homeland security, shut down their phone lines, and earned major press coverage while we were at it. Thanks to grassroots pressure and a last minute intervention by the Department of Justice, Henry’s deportation proceedings were halted.
DEMANDING AN APOLOGY FOR INDIAN TV9’S ANTI-GAY “EXPOSE”
In February All Out learned about a sensational “news” report on TV9, a major Indian news network. In the report, TV9 journalists described gays as “slaves to an unnatural lifestyle” while exposing the names, photos, sexual preferences and professions of a series of men they targeted on online dating sites. At least one young man “outed” on the program attempted suicide. With our partners in India, All Out mobilized over a thousand people in India to write directly to TV9 CEO Ravi Prakesh demanding a public apology. After tremendous pressure and a legal complaint by the victims, TV9 was forced to pay a fine and air three public apologies. Now TV9 and other media outlets in India will think twice before targeting LGBT communities in the future.
SEEKING ASYLUM: THREATENED BY ANTI-GAY POLITICIANS IN UGANDA, ALL OUT LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR GAY ASYLUM SEEKER BRENDA NAMIGADDE
All Out launched its first campaign of 2011 to highlight the urgent case of asylum seeker Brenda Namigadde. Brenda fled to the UK from Uganda eight years ago after she and her partner were attacked and forced in to hiding. With Brenda’s imminent deportation pending, and increasing threats from one of Uganda’s most notoriously homophobic politicians, All Out rallied over 60,000 people in over 160 countries to write to the UK Home Secretary. In three days, All Out members wrote emails, made phone calls, and marched in the streets of London, creating worldwide media interest in Brenda’s story. In the final hour a judge granted Brenda a new asylum hearing. It could not have happened without the global people power that All Out was able to mobilize.
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