November 28, 2014 – Reported by O-blog-dee-blog-da – Its been a long hard road for Kayizzi Joseph Kizito and his partner of one and half years, Rashid, a young gay couple from Uganda, who fled to Kenya before the signing of the Anti-Homosexuality Act by President Yoweri Museveni. Today, with thanks to UNHCR, HIAS and my U.S. based Relief Fund, as supported by kind people in the global LGBT community, Joseph and Rashid landed safely in their country of resettlement, which not only acknowledges that the couple are not criminals for loving each other, but welcomes them with open arms.
Some reading this may have known Joseph through his various pseudonyms, but today as he landed safely in Vancouver, Canada, he noted with great pride: “Yes, please use my real name- Kayizzi Joseph Kizito – these are all my names – even my family name – even my father’s name – – I will use that family name of “Kizito” soon, because now I am free.”
I have been communicating with Joseph, for almost 2 years and our communications became my window to his persecution. As a gay man he suffered much at the hands of family, police, government and community alike.
Joseph Kayizzi was in great danger, as a result of threats by family members to out him to the local community. He eventually found his way to a “safehouse” at the home of Sam Ganafa, a known Ugandan human rights defender…