Out of Uganda: Resettling LGBT refugees

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Danny’s life as a singer and local gay activist in Uganda was violently interrupted after he disclosed his homosexuality – a criminal offense in Uganda – on national radio. After being kidnapped, tortured, beaten and dumped on a roadside by Ugandan security forces, he knew he had to flee his home country and the persecution he faced there – persecution brought to Uganda in large part by a group of secretive, politically-connected Washington, DC-based conservative extremists called “The Family.” With the help of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum, and Migration (ORAM) and Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay, Danny has successfully resettled in the Bay Area where he finally feels safe and free. Tune in to hear Avi Rose of JFCS/East Bay, Neil Grungras of ORAM, and Danny Dyson tell his harrowing story and how they are trying to help LGBTI people in countries around the world where homosexuality brings severe penalties. 7pm PST Thursday, 1/17/13 on 91. 7 FM Bay Area & kalw.org worldwide; then hear it here whenever you want!

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Queer mental health: Get some help!

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Can you say “internalized homophobia”? Mental health experts say LGBT people are more prone to depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicide than the general population. Hear more on these challenges and solutions from Nancy Heilner and Kip Williams of Queer Life Space, a non-profit counseling center in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, and The Trevor Lifeline, a 24/7 national crisis and suicide prevention hotline.  (Aired live Thursday, 1/10/13)

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Homo-fear in Africa

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A detailed debrief from journalist Edwin Okong’o about the fragile state of LGBT civil rights in Uganda and other African countries. The human rights spotlight has been focused on this region since 2009, when legislation was introduced in Uganda to punish homosexuality by death. As a Kenyan-American journalist and co-host of KALW’s “Africa Mix” music program, Okong’o also has a bead on the issue within the Bay Area African communities. He is also a UC Berkeley educator and a stand-up comedian and satirist with a blog on HuffPo.com. Marilyn Pittman hosts. (Aired live Thursday, 1/3/13)

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