Amazing – we did it! Global phone and internet company Orange has pulled its adverts from an anti-gay tabloid in Uganda. It happened 24 hours after 77,329 All Out members signed the petition.
In a later statement, Orange also promised to protect their lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees in Uganda.
Ugandan activists have asked corporations to show that the new anti-gay law is bad for business in Uganda.Because All Out members took action, Orange has taken the lead.
The more companies that act, the more chance it will make authorities in Uganda think twice about applying the new law aggressively. Let's DOUBLE the number of signatures and get more companies to follow Orange – Heineken, Barclays Bank, British Airways, KLM, AirTel and even Coca Cola, which has a huge bottling plant in Uganda.
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Ugandan newspaper is terrifying lesbian, bi, gay and trans people by printing their names and photos.
Big corporations like Orange are advertising in the paper -- sign the petition asking them to pull their ads now.
'Exposed! Uganda's Top 200 Homos' -- A newspaper in Uganda is now revealing the identities of gay, lesbian, bi and trans people. It's terrifying and could lead to arrests or vigilante killings.
Here's the thing: major global corporations like Orange are actually advertising in this newspaper. If we can get Orange to pull their adverts, that could make the editor think twice about running “gay exposés”.
If tens of thousands of us sign the petition, we can show Orange that they are suddenly in danger of becoming known as an “anti-gay” brand in more than 100 countries, if they don't pull these adverts in just 1 country.
Can you sign the petition?
If the petition grows fast, the office team will talk to journalists who've reported about Uganda's anti-gay law recently, and ask them to write stories about Orange's gay hate connection. We think they'll be interested.
Those kind of stories will ring alarm bells at the Orange PR department - it could be enough to get a quick decision to pull these ads.
Getting Orange to pull the adverts wouldn't just send a message to the editor of the Ugandan tabloid -- it would show the Ugandan government that a major investor doesn't approve of the anti-gay law. If more companies join in, the Ugandan government won't be able to ignore the potential damage to their economy of their attacks on human rights.
Sign the petition:
Together, we know we can often move major global corporations to do the right thing. We got Apple to drop a gay 'cure' app from their online store, and helped get key national Olympic sponsors to speak out against Russia's anti-gay law.
If we can get Orange to pull their advertising money from a newspaper profiting from hate, it could signal to the tabloid and to the government that anti-gay hate is bad for business.
Will you sign now?
Thanks for going All Out,
Andre, Guillaume, Hayley, Jeremy, Marie, Sara, Tile and the rest of the All Out team.
PS: Imagine the feeling in the pit of your stomach if you read the headline “homos exposed” and knew your neighbours might turn on you, murder you or burn down your home in the night. No company should be advertising in such a newspaper - sign now: www.allout.org/uganda-corps
Ugandan newspaper Red Pepper publishes 'top 200' homosexuals list - The Independent, February 25th 2014
Uganda anti-gay laws: 'They can beat you up and kill you' - BBC, February 27th 2014
U.S. sponsor AT&T condemns Russian anti-gay law - Reuters, February 5th 2014
Apple Drops 'Gay Cure' App From Store - ABC News, June 5th 2013
Orange's statement: "A firm commitment to human rights"
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