The founder and executive director of the LGBT rights organisation Freedom & Roam Uganda (FARUG), Jacqueline Kasha Nabagesera, has disclosed that she will be heading to court. The Ugandan gay activist made this known via her Facebook timeline two days after her child adoption application was rejected by the Ugandan government adoption panel. Uganda is among the countries in which consensual same-sex sexual relations remain criminalized. Nabagesera narrated her ordeal before the Ugandan panel on Monday, 23 January 2017. Excerpts:
“After weeks of fighting for due course to get my appointment to meet the government adoption panel after the first failure and excuses, this morning I was granted my wish. I met the 15 persons board and they unanimously rejected my application
In their words:
“Your application was too good so we had to dig deeper and discovered the human rights you refer to are lgbti rights, are you a homosexual or just a gay rights activist?”
“My answer: I am both but am not surprised this came up I was prepared for it that’s why I chose to go through the long process of adoption instead of just picking any child across town because to me who I am and my work doesn’t hinder me from providing a home to one of the unprivileged million children across the country. That’s why I decided to face the government panel.
Panel: ” We are sorry Jacqueline but our first priority is the interest of the child and your social setting and work doesn’t provide that.
Blah blah blah all my pleas n reasoning fell on deaf ears as their sentiments crowded the room.
I stopped listening as I went to another world with tears flowing. The social worker followed me out of the room saying all sorts of apologies that didn’t mean anything to me. Over a decade of planning, waiting, stress and name it, just got blown up. Thank you all you have prayed n wished me luck and to those who have walked this journey with me. Am grateful. Ps: I will be taking time off to get myself together. I just want to be alone now.plz don’t call . Thank you all once again”.