A international social media campagin where footballers and supporters give unequivocal support for the freedom and dignity for LGBTI persons.
SMUG (Sexual Minorities Uganda) and the Rafto Foundation have initiated a social media campaign with one aim; to make it easy for everyone to give unequivocal support for the freedom and dignity for LGBTI persons globally. The campaign especially challenges football players and supporters as they represent a group that has a great influence on young people around the globe. Football players are heroes, and by persuading such role models to speak up against homphobia, we hope to change mindsets.
What have we acheived so far:
- Players from more than 30 Norwegian clubs have given the campaign their support.
- Around 300 instagram posts with photos under hashtag #tacklehomophobia
- International support from players from UK, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Uganda.
- #tacklehomophobia was a trending topic on Twitter in Norway three times in May 2015
- More than 30 news articles have been written about the campaign
- Our campagin supporters include footballers, ex footballers, supporters, celebrities, pundits, sports journalists, national team players, local team players, LGBT supporter clubs.
- Daily Telegraph wrote this about the campaign
- Die Welt wrote this piece about #tacklehomophobia
How to join:
- Grab a pen and a piece of paper and write a slogan - either our example slogans or your own slogan, or simply #tacklehomphobia.
- Take a photo holding the poster and post it in social media with hashtag #tacklehomophobia.
- Or send it to: tacklehomophobia(at)rafto.no, or our FB-page:facebook.com/tacklehph
- Challenge others in your network to join in!
We need many voices, so even if you are not interested in fooball we want you in!
Who are we?
The campagin is conducted by The Rafto Foundation for Human Rights on behalf of SMUG (Sexual Minorities Uganda) and Director Frank Mugisha. Frank Mugisha and SMUG received the Rafto Prize in 2011 for the organisation's work to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in Uganda. The campaign is part of The Rafto Foundation's follow up work on LGBTI rights in Uganda.
The Uganda case
Mugisha's fight for LGBTI rights in Uganda has become tougher in recent years as the government is attempting to launch a bill which will make it illegal to be homosexual. The Anti Gay bill can result in life imprisonment, and even the death penalty. Anybody, a parent, a teacher, a doctor, who suspects someone in their care is gay, will be punished if they do not report them. Uganda is one of 38 countries in Africa where homosexuality is illegal (Amnesty International report). In many African countries where homosexuality is already illegal, more draconian anti-gay laws are being passed and violence and discrimination against LGBT people is increasing.