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Ugandan lesbian campaigner denied entry to UK

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  1. The petition can be found at http://www.gayderry.com/

    There’s only 143 signatures at the moment, so it needs some help.

  2. I think that LGBT people from Uganda should automatically be granted visas.

    It won’t cost Britain a penny as these can be funded from all the money we save when we stop sending financial aid to homophobic dumps like Uganda; Zimbabwe, Malawi; Cameroon; Senegal etc ectc

    1. Wholeheartedly agreed.

    2. David Myers 17 Aug 2011, 11:31pm

      I certainly support this proposal.

  3. If she was a rightwing homophome she would be welcomed another example of Camerons BROKEN BRITAIN!! Disgusting !!

    1. What? I don’t know if he is a ‘homophome’ but do some research on Michael Savage being denied entry to the UK. By most definitions, I am ‘right wing’ but definitely not homophobic. You need to quit drawing lines between people and attaching labels. You only add to the hate..

      1. HAHAAH! Don’t blame P for telling it like it is. The political and religious right have been busy pinning on their own hateful lapel-badges, without any help from any of us, thank you! The right wing cornered the market on hate rhetoric a long time ago (remember Hitler, Franco, Mussoilini, Pinochet, Thatcher, Bush…?). Or perhaps what you are trying to say is “we Fascists hate everyone who does not hold our views, regardless of sex, colour, creed, ability, sexual orientation or gender identity?… a kinda ‘Equal Opportunity Hatefest’? LOL!

  4. “However, British authorities have denied her a visa.”

    It’s odd that no reason is given..

    1. paul canning 17 Aug 2011, 1:48pm

      The Foyle statement mentions her lack of funds – she’s an activist, on this criteria they’d deny Gandhi a visa – and I sourced a quote from her that they believe she would try to stay in the UK, which is the usual reason.

      She has travelled to numerous international events – last weekend she spoke to Amnesty International in Amsterdam – but always returns because she is an extremely brave fighter for LGBT IN Uganda.

      This should be a severe embarrassment for particularly the Foreign Office, which says we support people like Kasha.

      1. Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera is being silenced in the UK at a time when Uganda’s Kill-the-Gays Bill is being stealthily re-introduced into Parliament in bits and pieces as attachment to other pieces of legislation (see today’s Warren Throckmorton’s site, of Box Turtle Bulletin).

  5. “Londonderry” please pinknews! This is a UK site.

    More seriously this is yet more bigotry on the part of the UKBA.

    1. Incredible! we bought her to Madrid in July to a LGTB conference. She is wonderful and her message is superimportant… what a pity!

    2. john williams 17 Aug 2011, 7:28pm

      Derry you idiot! only the bigots i.e DUP, TUV, BNP etc in the North of Ireland substitute London before the cities official title.

    3. If I recall correctly, the city of Derry does not call itself Londonderry.

    4. Doesn’t matter which name you give it, we all know which place is being discussed. I wish people would give up on trying to maintain the Ulster divide. Call it Derry or Londonderry as you please.

  6. The Border Agency should be investigated for ‘institionalised homophobia’ just as institutionalised racism was investigated. This is a high profile case so has been publicised but many others are being denied a visa solely based on sexual orientation although other excuses are given for refusal.

    1. I wanted to say “brought”, not “bought” sorry

    2. @Pinkpot

      Do you have more examples of this to back up your belief?

  7. Jock S. Trap 17 Aug 2011, 2:36pm

    Strange how people who do so much good are denied over ‘financial reason’ and yet criminal rappers, boxers etc are accepted when money is to be made.

    Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has so much to offer and experience in itself of the problems the LGBT community in Uganda face is incredibly important.

    A bad decision esp in the light of how many people are here illegally permanently to one woman whose words Need to be heard.

    1. Dr Herbert Shellface 17 Aug 2011, 3:14pm

      As her visit is being sponsored and is for a specific event her financial status should not be an issue. They are trying to pre-empt a claim for asylum, which if it was so she would have used on her many other foreign trips.

      1. Jock S. Trap 17 Aug 2011, 3:21pm

        Exactly! It seems our border agency has got it’s priorities wrong…again.

      2. if she wanted to claim asylum she could have done it that at the any uk airport, clearly it is homophobic incident on UKBA part, and should be investigated as such

  8. Jacqui Lovell 17 Aug 2011, 2:42pm

    I would willingly put a tenner in hte pot towards her stay here and if others did the same then what concerns could the UKBA then have? Jacx

  9. Jacqui Lovell 17 Aug 2011, 2:43pm

    Couldnt agree more pinkpot! Jacx

  10. It appears she has been denied a visa because the IND are not satisfied she can support herself financially while here. This suggests that those who invited her failed to investigate properly what the IND’s requirements would be for granting her a visa. If I am right, then they have been incompetent, and caused her unnecessary distress and embarrassment, for which they owe her an apology.

    1. That’s a really big if, based on a really big supposition. Why is her finance relevant on a sponsored and paid invitation to speak?

    2. She’s been invited to speak for which she will receive a fee and accommodation and flights. That is standard pracise.

      Therefore it is not the fault of the organisers that the IND is run by incompetent jobsworths.

    3. paul canning 17 Aug 2011, 4:45pm

      @Gaby

      Actually the Foyle Pride statement makes clear they went to a lot of trouble and spent money on obtaining her visa.

      Why would she not have had problems elsewhere? Same reason we block applications from renowned international film directors and other artists – because the *British bureaucracy and rules doesn’t connect A > B and hence we now have a major embarrassment for the Foreign Office and – by implication – Cameron himself since he personally spoke to support for LGBT rights in Africa!

    4. they could use their discretion and give her benefit of the doubt

  11. Why she is not allowed inbecause the govement is right winged Butthey don’t think twice inviting Islamists who are anti gay, and fascists,and anti women.

  12. And our government lets that rabidly vicious anti-gay American Rev. John Hagee in this month?

    1. Is it a hate preacher? B@stards!

  13. As someone with LOTS of experience in getting visas to numerous countries, including the UK, I am quite confident that neither she nor Foyle is to blame. Contrary to what you might think, there is no tickbox list of requirements that will guarantee you a visa. It’s all down to the personal judgement (and bias!) of the officer reviewing your application. There’s nothing particularly fair or even logical about what they deem important and what not. Totally ridiculous.

    1. paul canning 18 Aug 2011, 2:27pm

      Ele – can you contact me regarding your experience? Via http://madikazemi.blogspot.com/ ?

  14. Shame on you UK. Is there any connection between America buying up very large parts of African and AIDS killing off Africans.

  15. The uk is getting more homophobic by the day.

    It’s what you get under Tories. Section 28 will soon be back at this rate. :(

    I already forsee having to disclose your sexuality wen applying for work. We ain’t so far from that anymore. :(

  16. Gay Daily Mail Reader 18 Aug 2011, 6:34am

    I bet they would let her in if she was appearing at a pro IRA rally!

  17. paul canning 18 Aug 2011, 2:25pm

    New Home Office statement published here

    1. paul canning 18 Aug 2011, 2:26pm

      Wrong link :# Is here

      1. Thanks for the updates, Paul.

        The phrase ‘financial ties’ keeps popping up, and Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera’s basic message is being ignored by the Home Office in the UK.

  18. I really don’t think there is any evidence this is homophobia. I think what is much more likely is that it is another example of the very anti-immigrant viewpoint taken by the government and, as a result, the Home Office and UKBA. Since the govt have been in power they have been incredibly anti-immigrant, pandering to the fear of middle-England that the country is being overrun by immigrants. A lot of people working for UKBA will be those same middle-England people who are terrified of immigrants. Now these people have been given the green light by the govt to block as many visa applications as they can. So, any excuse will be used.

  19. Robert wanzala 30 Aug 2011, 1:05pm

    Thanks for the Petition Kasha was finally given a visa she was in Derry for the pride and also made a whistle stop in SOHO GAY bar and HEAVEN last night is was a good night

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