Welcome Ugandan LGBT Leader to Chicago!

First published July 8, 2015

A few years ago Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” bill, later modified to be a “Jail the Gays” law, drew the ire of the world.

Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), is the leading organization in Uganda courageously defying and denouncing this unjust law.

In his first-ever visit  to Chicago, meet and hear firsthand from Pepe-Julian Onziema, SMUG’s Program Director, on how to improve the rights and livelihoods of African LGBTs.

The Gay Liberation Network is proud to be hosting Mr. Onziema on our live cable TV program at 6:30 PM to 6:55 PM this Friday night on Cable Channel 21 in Chicago.

We are proud to be part of a large coalition, led by the Legacy Project, which is hosting two in-person events with Mr. Onziema this weekend:

1 PM to 3 PM, Saturday, July 11
Reception/fundraiser with Pepe-Julian Onziema on the rooftop at SideTrack, 3349 N. Halsted. This is Mr. Onziema’s first visit to Chicago, where he will see the Legacy Walk bronze memorial marker to his best friend, slain Ugandan activist David Kato. The event will benefit bullied youth through the Legacy Project Education Initiative. $30 per person tickets include two drink tickets. Sponsored by Side Track Chicago, Stoli, and MillerCoors. Purchase tickets here

2 PM to 5 PM, Sunday, July 12
“Remembering David Kato / Facing the Future.” LGBT leader Pepe-Julian Onziema of Uganda speaks with a panel of local community leaders at the Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted Street. $5 suggested donation.

Tour co-sponsored by The Legacy Project, the Center for Integration and Courageous Living, Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches, Chicago LGBT Asylum Support Program (CLASP), Gay Liberation Network, Heartland Alliance National Immigrant Justice Center, LGBT Freedom & Asylum Network (LGBT-FAN), Northern Illinois Justice For Our Neighbors (JFON), Planting Peace / Equality House, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square, and Truth Wins Out.

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