Please support Robert's right to be Gay
Published: 11 November 2015 Tags: petition, rights, lgbt, volunteer By John Walding
Robert fled to the UK for sanctuary due to the notorious treatment of LGBT people in Uganda and following his own ill treatment whilst in police custody. Over the last two years he has involved himself in many of the city's LGBT organisations, volunteering at Pride for two years running, being a key member of the city's LGBT church, the Metropolitan Congregation, and being a volunteer at the LGBT Foundation.
The Home Office detained him on 10th November claiming he could live discretely as a gay man in Uganda despite his activism and public profile in Manchester and his huge array of evidence about his gay activism - including a letter of support from the Anglican Bishop of Manchester. His legal team are seeking a Judicial Review of this decision.
You can support Robert by signing the petition to help him stay in the UK here.
LGBT Foundation's Community Involvement Manager, Andrew Gilliver who has worked with Robert many times spoke on behalf of the entire staff and volunteer team at the charity:
"Robert is a valuable and much respected member of our LGBT Foundation family and must be given leave to stay in the UK. For the last two years Robert has been an asset to all of our team throughout Greater Manchester by helping out at major events, attending conferences and volunteering at events to help and support other LGBT people. Robert is a wonderful, inspiring and dedicated volunteer who we are all very proud to work with."
Andy Braunston, former pastor of the Metropolitan Congregation, and now United Reformed Church Synod Clerk said:
"Robert is a young gay man who fled to the UK for sanctuary and who has already given so much to our community; it's time for us to stand by him now."
You can sign the petition to support Robert here