In today’s conversation, Ken & Rob are joined by Turinawe Samson from Kampala, Uganda where he seeks to create space for the LGBTQ community as well as creating spaces for dialogue and understanding in a society that is actively hostile towards the LGBTQ community. Samson believes that “every human being should be respected simply for being who they are, a part of Life’s creation.” Through his teaching and activism, Samson is working for a new generation – one that is open-minded, open-hearted, diversity-embracing, and committed to serving all of humanity.
Turinawe Samson is a Ugandan humanitarian and a human rights educator. Founder of Universal Love Alliance (ULA), a human rights organization that works to empower Ugandan communities towards an inclusive and diverse society of gender-based equality, peaceful and harmonious living. The dream of ULA is to have Uganda and Africa in general free from discrimination based on religion, race, marital & health status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. To that end tolerance, inclusiveness, love and compassion, and dialogue and reconciliation are all central themes of Samson’s work. He emphasizes that “ignorance can be defeated through education, poverty through hard work and possession of capital, and internal schisms and separatism through unity”. Samson is working for a new generation who are reading and thinking and loving all human beings, open and sharing of their knowledge, and in the service of humanity.