Melanie Nathan, a known and trusted activist who has many connections in Africa (and is South African herself) has been in contact with individuals and groups who are in these countries who need emergency help. She has been verifying the individual situations and vetting people asking for help. This is legit. She has set up an emergency fund but needs to get the word out. It's at
Here is an update from Melanie yesterday:
I have received many more emails today from LGBT Africans desperate for help to get out of various countries. Its overwhelming.
We are poised for Museveni to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill tomorrow, and we have heard that Minister of Ethics and Integrity Simon lokodo has an arrest list. we have heard that the Ugandans may stop bail to gay people.
People are going into hiding while we look for ways for them to leave and seek refuge.
We desperately need the international LGBT community to step forward to help support Africans in hiding and trying to escape.
I have growing list of verified Africans needing urgent escape.
It is NOT time to speak of equality in Africa, it causes a backlash. It is time to speak of decriminalization and escape from Africa. To face the reality – not a pie in the sky at this critical time. A Holocaust is about to happen. People will die.
Please I cannot even begin to explain the overwhelming need right now and I don’t know of anyone else providing direct support like this fund is doing.
Yesterday I sent out money for passports and food to Ugandans.If you are like me and watched Hotel Rwanda and thought, "how could the international community not have helped these people? How did we turn a blind eye?" this is your chance to help. When was the last time you could say you did something that could literally save a life? Please don't turn a blind eye. Getting this email from this person, whom of course I cannot name or identify, was sobering and heart-wrenching. I don't care how you feel about "the gay issue" or whether God approves of homosexuality or not. This is scary and nobody deserves this. These are the exact people Jesus would have helped. Can you help? Even $5 will help. No donation is too small.
Today we will send more. I need to raise another $3,000 asap!!!
DONATE HERE: http://igg.me/at/protectLGBT