5th Feb 2016 – Royal Vauxhall Tavern – ‘SILENCE = 40’ ACT UP CAMPAIGN LAUNCH – A tribute to David Kato

SILENCE = 40’ ACT UP CAMPAIGN LAUNCH – A tribute to David Kato 

Friday February 5th 2015 6.30-8.30pm Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY London, United Kingdom – Facebook page click here 

Tickets are Free / Donations are welcome / Wheelchair accessible. Limited Spaces so please RSVP at actuplondonfighttilltheend@gmail.com ASAP.

For Valentine’s Day 2016 London’s legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern hosts the launch of ‘Silence = Infection’ – a global campaign to fight the criminalisation of homosexuality in the 40 Commonwealth countries across the world which drives increased infection rates and increased stigma (with a focus on ending criminalisation in the 76 countries where it is illegal). The 5 year anniversary of David Kato’s murder (David was considered a father of Uganda’s gay rights movement and described as “Uganda’s first openly gay man” who challenged the Government’s notorious ‘Anti-Homosexuality Bill’) aswell as the news of the bill to decriminalise gay sex in India failing makes this night more poignant than ever.

ACT UP LONDON and a coalition of social justice movements are hosting the night and will be joined by musicians, activists, lawyers and politicians from the diaspora LGBTQI / HIV community living in Britain to inform, inspire and mobilise.

We shall be discussing the following.

  • What is David Kato’s legacy today?
  • What are the issues surrounding (de)criminalisation and the HIV pandemic? What are the politics behind it?
  • How do issues surrounding (de)criminalisation and the HIV pandemic make us feel?
  • What can we do about decriminalisation and the HIV pandemic?


Movements, Performers and Speakers on the Night

The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) is a charity that promotes equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to immigrate here to be with their same-sex partner.

Lesbian and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM) is a movement to creatively challenge the right-wing media narrative around migrants and to stand in solidarity with migrants entering the UK. http://www.uklgig.org.uk

The Kaleidoscope Trust works to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people internationally. We believe that the rights of all people should be respected equally, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. http://kaleidoscopetrust.com/

African Rainbow Family Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTIQ) People of African Heritage http://africanrainbowfamily.org/. Please support the African Rainbow Family campaign at Repeal Nigeria Anti Gay Law

Aderonke Apata is a Human Rights Activist, Feminist and LGBT Equality Advocate. Winner Positive Role Model for LGBT National Diversity Award 2014, where she was described as “an unstoppable force in fighting for justice”, she is number 41 & 67 on the RanbowList2014 & RainbowList2015 respectively as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK. Aderonke was named LGBT Heroine of the year 2015 by DIVAMagazine in recognition of her achievements in the LGBT community. Aderonke is the founder of African Rainbow Family, an LGBT group that supports LGBTIQ asylum seekers and people of African heritage in UK and campaigning for the Repeal of the toxic Nigerian Anti-LGBTIQ Law. She also started Manchester Migrant Solidarity, a self help group offering practical supports and building a powerful political voice against the systematic mistreatment of migrants in the UK. Support Aderonke here https://www.gofundme.com/apataronnie

Movement for Justice By Any Means Necessary – ‘Building an independent, integrated, mass, youth and student led civil rights movement’ http://www.movementforjustice.org/

STOPAIDS – Uniting UK Voices on the Global Response – STOPAIDS is the network of UK agencies working since 1986 to secure an effective global response to HIV and AIDS. http://stopaids.org.uk/

Out and Proud Diamond Group – Fighting for global equality, and justice for LGBTI persons through campaigns, peaceful protests/demonstrations, lobbying and seminars. offer support to those facing persecution and integration of those who have fled persecution. www.opdg.org

Jacob V Joyce is a visual and spoken word artist creating platforms for young people and politicised groups to organise and make art. Jacob is an activist and illustrator using their practice to draw attention to issues affecting QTIPOC (queer tans* intersex people of colour). Jacob will sharing renowned poetry about England, race and race politics, immigration, xenophobia, and reflecting the attitude that the media takes towards the refugee crisis. www.jacobvjoyce.com /http://slave2freedom.tumblr.com/

Ms Beyonce Karungi is a passionate Transgender woman/ sex work / HIV rights activist/a human rights defender and a queer feminist for the Key Affected Populations (KAPs) extensive and profound experience in doing advocacy around Transgender issues and gender equity issues, violence against women girls, sex and sexuality for youth programming on the national level and hence advocating for the young people to access friendly SRHR services through public education including the queer youth. Please support Beyonce here – www.transgender-uganda.blogspot.co.uk

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