LGBT+ Ugandans reclaim the media

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After a year of multiple legislations making homosexuality illegal, LGBT+ Ugandans have decided to reclaim the media.   According to GayStarNews, LGBT+ Ugandans ‘launched a free gay magazine in response to the notoriously anti-gay local media.’  In an effort to reclaim the media, where local papers circulate and publish photos/stories as a way to ‘out’ LGBT+ Ugandans, LGBT+ Ugandans have created Bombastic.

Bombastic is a free magazine where ‘a compilation of stories, testimonies and opinions by LGBTI Ugandans’ are shared and published.  Bombastic was created by Reclaiming the Media Campaign, started by the Kuchu Times as an ‘online platform for LGBTI issues in Africa.’

‘We share our lived realities in the hope that they will inspire many people who have been filled with hate from politicians and religious leaders seeking political power and cheap popularity,’ said Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, initiator and coordinator of the Reclaiming the Media Campaign.

Bombastic is currently being circulated locally in Uganda and can be found online.

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