Two years ago, the situation for LGBT people in Uganda was made even more dire when a popular magazine published a list of the country's "Top 200 Homosexuals." Kasha Jacqueline, one of the nation's leading activists (along with Frank Mugisha), says that the issue's release resulted in many losting their jobs, and a number becoming the target of attack. More than anything, it revealed the dangerous and alarming extent of the media's homophobic bias. Jacqueline realized that there needed to be an alternative voice, one that humanized and shared the lives of LGBT Ugandans, and so Bombastic was born.
The free magazine is a forum for LGBT Ugandans to write about anything, and already Jacqueline says that she's seen minds being opened. With the help of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, an Inidgogo campaign has been launched to raise the $5000 needed. With a $10 donation enough to cover the cost of printing for one copy, funders can take pride in knowing the immediate impact of their contribution. In the campaign video, Jacqueline stresses the power of Bombastic, saying it's mission is to:
"Take it to the people who are out there, who are lonely, who are a part of our movement, who do not know that we [Bombastic] exist. [It is for] people who need this information. [For] people to see the stories and know that what they are going through, they are not going through alone."