A message to Jim Burroway

Timothy Kincaid

May 13th, 2011

Jim,

Politics is a funny animal and the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill of 2009 could still raise its head in another form. But it does look very promising at this time that this bill may be finally dead.

And much of the credit goes to Box Turtle Bulletin, and especially to you personally.

This has been a TREMENDOUSLY time consuming effort involving a matter that surely no one here ever considered to be our bailiwick, involving connections that we could not assume we could even develop, and creating allies that were unimaginable. Going into this two years ago we never dreamed of reaching the State Department, much less having statements from the President and many governments around the world.

It has been a lot of work, but you must be feeling tremendous satisfaction. I certainly do for my much less significant role.

Congratulations, my friend and associate. You changed the world.

Timothy

Kelly

May 13th, 2011

Bravo!

anteros

May 13th, 2011

you guys are the best!

Karen

May 13th, 2011

The coverage has been absolutely amazing. Thank you.

Priya Lynn

May 13th, 2011

Thanks a lot, Jim, I’m very grateful that you looked beyond your borders.

rusty

May 13th, 2011

Kudos JIM, amazing work

cowboy

May 13th, 2011

Ditto kudos.

Let’s not forget the genesis of this hateful mess. We need to keep remembering just how we got to this point. BTB should be proud of its accomplishments but it should never lose focus on those who perpetrated this fraud in the first place.

A summary/re-cap would be nice.

Jim Burroway

May 13th, 2011

Aw shucks…. Thank you everyone.

And now back to work…

Patrick Hogan

May 13th, 2011

Add my congratulations and thanks to the pile — the work that you do is important, and it is very much appreciated.

Also, great job on OutQ today!

Jamie O'Neill

May 13th, 2011

Sometimes I’d open my reader and think, O God not more Uganda. I have a daily life to lead and all the rest. But you guys stuck with it, and by sticking with it, you lead all the rest of us to stick with it with you. That’s a great achievement. Whatever happens now, we in the West know so much more about our brothers and sisters in Africa – and they know increasingly more about us – the old status quo can never return. Thanks to you – both of you. And kudos too, and thanks, to Warren Throckmorten, who once he began never let up. My regards especially to the Ugandan readers of this blog who risked their well-being to keep us informed. Thank you, friends.

TampaZeke

May 13th, 2011

Hear, Hear!

The world owes both of you gentlemen a debt of gratitude.

a.mcewen

May 13th, 2011

One word – AMEN!

Kate

May 13th, 2011

Rock On, Box Turtlers!

Lynn David

May 14th, 2011

Huzzah! Huzzah!

But let’s keep vigilant.

Lynn David

May 14th, 2011

Huzzah!

Forgot the third cheer… whoops!

paul canning

May 14th, 2011

I agree with Timothy but, as Jim posted on Wednesday, the past week has shown up both the mainstream media and also some very big, NYC human rights groups in terms of the information flow out of Uganda and what they’ve been saying. Given the seriousness of what’s been happening (the potential impact elsewhere for example) to HAVE to rely on Jim and Warren Throckmorton for the facts is pretty outrageous IMO.

Stephen

May 14th, 2011

Well done. Thanks.

John

May 14th, 2011

Absolutely agreed. I have been so impressed with your constant coverage of the Ugandan bill–from the anti-gay conference that started it all to the bill’s first introduction in Parliament–*long* before news of the bill entered into the mainstream media. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say your coverage played a principal role (if not the chief role) in getting this story noticed by the mainstream news, ultimately drawing the international attention that got the bill shut down.

I remember the first time I heard the bill mentioned on NPR while I was driving home from work and thinking that it was BTB coverage that likely brought it to that networks’ attention.

Thank you for all the times you corrected the mainstream media when the AP would release incorrect stories saying the execution clause had been dropped or the bill tabled.

I believe you guys’ literally saved lives here. Incredible work. _Thank you_.

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