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Vote for Prossy Kakooza to be a “Homo-Hero” in the LGF’s 2012 nominations

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!

Fund-raiser for Lesbian Immigration Support Group on 10th March to celebrate International Women’s Day 2012

Lesbian Immigration Support GroupThe Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) is a Manchester-based group of lesbian and bisexual refugees and asylum-seeking women and their supporters, offering both practical and social support.

LISG will hold a fundraising event on March 10th at the Nip and Tipple Bar  in Whalley Range (197 Upper Chorlton Road, M16 0BH), between 3pm and 7pm, to celebrate International Women’s Day.

They are inviting all friends, supporters and people who are interested in the group, in women’s issues, LGBT and queer issues, migration, asylum, (no) border,  human rights and social justice issues to join them for this celebration.

The event will have live music bands, poetry, performance acts, good company, and many other surprises!