For the past few months, I have been working with gay video historian Tim McCarthy on Voices of the Abasiyazzi, a visibility project that he and Ugandan trans activist Pepe Julian Onziema started together.
As a self-described "gay video historian", Tim has bore witness to and documented crucial moments in the queer rights movement in the U.S. He was a member of the AIDS activist group "ACT UP NY" and his footage from their meetings and actions is included in "How to Survive a Plague."
Tim has since been making visits to Uganda and together with Pepe, has distributed cameras and taught Ugandans how to produce their own media. It is an effort to facilitate Ugandans in improving their situation, to add their voices to the conversation surrounding the anti-gay bill being debated in their country.
He has also produced a wealth of footage during his visits, documenting protests and conducting interviews with nonprofits and health clinics serving queer Ugandans. The goal is to additionally produce a documentary telling the story of the current struggle and history of homosexuality in Uganda.
I'm currently helping with the fundraising effort for the documentary film by producing a website and an e-newsletter. Click here to visit the website or here to donate.