Uganda Police Begin Anti-Gay Raids, Windes Joins Scruff Team, and more...

Uganda Police Begin Anti-Gay Raids

Ugandan police, last week, raided a United States government sponsored project known to provide support to homosexuals in Kampala. Frank Mugisha, a Ugandan gay rights activist, confirmed the crackdown to the Associated Press. The Makerere University Walter Reed Project was described by a Ugandan government spokesman as a place where “training youths in homosexuality” occurred. Conversely, Mugisha said the project was a nonprofit partnership between a Ugandan university and a U.S. military HIV research program and it was known to offer services to homosexuals suffering from AIDS. The incident is the latest nightmare for gays as Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni attempts to enforce a new law criminalizing same-sex conduct.

Windes Joins Scruff Team

Spencer Windes, a renowned rugby player and most recently chief communications officer for PlanetRomeo BV, has been named vice president of marketing for Scruff. A smart phone app with more than six million users globally, Scruff continually explores what it means to be “masculine” in today’s society. At PlanetRomeo BV, Windes oversaw one of the oldest gay dating network sites as it made its way into mobile devices. A California native, Wildes previously directed the documentary film, “Straight Acting,” about gay men who play contact sports. He has played in five Bingham Cups and is past president of the Amsterdam Lowlanders rugby club.

‘Queens & Cowboys’ Premieres at Classic Gateway

Filmmaker Matt Livadary unveiled his documentary, “Queens & Cowboys” Thursday night at the Classic Gateway Theater in Fort Lauderdale. The 90-minute film takes a look inside the International Gay Rodeo Association as the circuit travels from California to Florida with stops in Colorado, Texas and Calgary, Alberta, Canada in between. Subtitled a “Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo,” Livadary’s touching film follows the stories of many interesting competitors: a bull riding lesbian, HIV positive cowboy, a shocking female to male transgender, a straight guy, a model perfect horseman and many more, all vying for a the next belt buckle. To see a trailer, visit www.queensandcowboys.com

Broward Discussion on LGBTQ Youth

School board members, elected officials, teachers, parents and community activists will gather Monday, April 14, at Fort Lauderdale’s African-American Research Library and Cultural Center for a discussion about improving care for LGBTQ youth. “Hear Our Cry: Courageous Conversations to Better Care for Our LGBTQ Youth” is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. School board member Dr. Rosalind Osgood and Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Bobby DuBose are co-hosting the event, which is free and open to the public. The Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the U.S. For more information, call 754-321-2300.

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