Meet our Team

Pepe Julian Onziema

Pepe is a Ugandan transman. Presently, he is the Program Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and recipient of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Award. He shot the video of the first Ugandan/East African Gay Pride event, which can be viewed here on the site.






Tim McCarthy

Tim is a gay video historian and has traveled the world since April 1990 in search of LGBTIA Culture; 90 countries so far and all 7 continents. Tim’s archival footage is in the 2012 Oscar Nominated documentary “How To Survive A Plague”. He is also an award winning filmmaker and has partnered with Pepe in this project.






Deus Dedit

Deus has four (4) years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He is a graduate in Mass communication and Journalism from Uganda and currently works as a field reporter for Voices of Abasiyazzi (Queers) a nonprofit project that aims at sharing hope and creating allies through creating documentaries.

Mike Duplessis

Michael Duplessis, A.K.A. Pearlene, is an entertainment artist specializing in comedy. He also enjoysphotography and graphic design. At age 53, he’s been living ” out of the closet ” and openly gay for over 30 years.





Luke Hadley

Luke is an American citizen born in Cuenca, Ecuador. Luke graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2015 and is now studying to get his Masters in the Art of Teaching at Maine College of Art. After graduating from Montserrat Luke spent six weeks in Uganda. Luke's purpose in Uganda was to help the fight against homophobia that exists there. With regards to the fight against homophobia, Luke classifies himself as a straight ally. For him that means, "Identifying as a young straight male in Uganda, it is important that i hold true to my passion for equal rights so that LGBTIQ people in Uganda will understand that young straight people can be of positive help in the fight." 



Emily Borges

Emily is in her second year at Parsons the New School of Design, and is an illustration major. Emily is active within the LGBT*+ community and will be volunteering with the Trevor Project starting in the fall.