Every year the Lesbian and Gay Foundation here in Manchester ask people to vote for their “homo-heroes”. A mixture of people and organisations are nominated, and this year we are delighted to see that Prossy Kakooza is one of the top three to have been nominated in the Role Model of the Year category. Voting is now open online to choose the final winner in each category.
We were heavily involved a few years ago in a successful campaign to keep Prossy in the UK when the government didn’t believe she was a lesbian, or that she’d been ill-treated in Uganda, and was arguing that she’d be safe back in Uganda. After a massive campaign and excellent legal representation from the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit Prossy was granted status in the UK.
Now Prossy works to help other asylum seekers and refugees in both her day job and also with the Lesbian Immigration Support Group which she helps to run.
You can vote for Prossy – and various other people who are nominated this year – here. Closing date for votes is 3rd September 2012.
Update – 20th September
Prossy was the winner of the Role Model of the Year award at the Homo Heroes award ceremony on 20th September 2012. Many congratulations to her!