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The Church of Uganda, which is a member of the Anglican Communion, was established in 1887 by missionaries of the Church Missionary Society from England. It became an autonomous province alongside Rwanda and Burundi in 1961, and a province on its own in 1980 with its own governing structure. Its congregants, called Anglicans, make up about 32% of Uganda’s population, second to Catholics, at 39%.

The rift between the Church of Uganda and the Canterbury Cathedral over sexuality isn’t new or unique to Uganda. Since the consecration of a gay bishop in the United States in 2003, there have been disagreements between Canterbury and other churches within the Anglican Communion over doctrine, says Chris Tuhirirwe, a senior lecturer of religious studies at Makerere University.

Opportunities

Kuchu Times Media Group and Mend Initiatives are conducting a research study aimed at shedding light on the experiences of Individuals who have faced discrimination in the job market as a result of Uganda’s recently implemented anti-gay law. We believe that every individual deserves equal opportunities and fair treatment in their professional lives, irrespective of […]

Events

In a groundbreaking study, researchers from Women of Faith in Action and Faithful Catholic Souls, with support from UHAI-EASHRI, have delved into the pervasive religious homophobia faced by Uganda’s LGBTQ community. The report sheds light on the intricate conflicts that arise when individuals identifying as LGBTIQ navigate the intersection of their sexual identity with deeply ingrained religious beliefs.
The research report not only uncovers the insidious role of religion in perpetuating homophobia but also emphasizes the urgent need for accountability.

International

Uganda, still grappling with the effects of the Anti Homosexuality Act, 2023 that was passed over 250 days ago. We have witnessed first hand what anti rights legislation can do to marginalized communities from physical attacks to homelessness to unemployment and so on.
The passing of a similar law in Ghana could serve as a catalyst for regressive forces within the rest of Africa, igniting debates on the criminalisation of consensual adult same-sex relationships in other countries.

Stories

A recurring and distressing reality uncovered through our research is the prevalence of sexual assault perpetrated under the guise of ‘correcting’ the sexual orientation of LGBTQ individuals. Close family members and community members often exploit their positions of trust to subject LGBTQ+ individuals to various forms of sexual violence in an attempt to force them to conform to societal norms. This insidious form of abuse not only violates the rights and autonomy of LGBTQ+ individuals but also perpetuates cycles of trauma and fear.

What seemed like an easy task has opened a Pandora’s Box. LGBTIQ Ugandans can write the most hilarious, mind boggling true stories.

For me to welcome FARUG staff in my space is a blessing. I will forever be humbled by this. Thank you FARUG. I have tears of joy in my heart.

Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental health condition in which you can’t stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance a flaw that appears minor or can’t be seen by others. But you may feel so embarrassed, ashamed and anxious that you may avoid many social situations. This however does not mean that LBQT people have mental health illness because of their sexuality.

Please be empathetic while sharing shocking information because between battling bomb attacks and COVID-19 everyone needs a shoulder to lie on.

Opinion Piece

I could go on and on about the ridiculous nature of the Parliament’s position on these sanctions but the people most at risk, LGBT Ugandans happen to be the proverbial grass on which these giant elephants are fighting. While the Speaker and her cronies blame the somehow all-powerful homosexuals and “bum shafters” for every single problem in their lives (they will soon be blamed for the traffic on Kampala’s roads or the speaker having a bad hair day), LGBT Ugandans are still being harassed, doxxed, murdered, arrested and evicted because of the bad law they orchestrated.

One of the primary reasons they offered for their decision is that the law goes against their values. Just as you would not bring pork to a Muslim picnic, you should not anger the people who are lending you money by going against their fundamental values and beliefs. This does not negate your personal convictions; you do not become a Muslim because you honored their ideals and did not bring meat to their picnic. While laws and regulations are a little more complicated than that, violating an institution’s principles and values by criminalizing, imprisoning, and murdering the most marginalized members of the community it seeks to serve is an obvious justification for action.

Legislators do not only have a duty to legislate Law but impliedly, to pass good Law not influenced by biased public opinion but informed by International and Regional standards, most of which Uganda has signed and ratified. The Bill is a direct attack on sexual and gender identity. Article 21 of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda as amended guarantees equality and freedom for all from discrimination on the ground of sex, race, colour, ethnic origin, tribe, birth, creed or religion, or social or economic standing, political opinion or disability. ‘Discrimination on the ground of sex’ appends respect for a private life, respect for family and a home.

A 2020 report by Bantwana Initiative of World Education carried out in Uganda on defilement and sexual harassment shows that, “19% of children reported that they had ‘played sex’ with an adult in the past six months. Of the 47% of children that reported receiving a ‘bad touch’ in the past six months, 50% identified a caregiver as the perpetrator, 33% identified a teacher and 17% identified a friend, stranger, or another family member as the perpetrator. Of the 32% of teachers that reported knowing a child that received a bad touch in the past six months, 56% (majority) identified a fellow student as the perpetrator. Where children knew a child that received a bad touch, 34% of children talked with a teacher and 25% talked to a friend.”

As we celebrate InternationaI Women’s day, I dedicate this year to Akina Mama WA Afrika ( AmWa). In the spirit of embracing equity, AmWa generously opened her doors to me, FARUG and the entire LGBT+ Community. FARUG is the AmWa of queer feminist women in Uganda. We shall overcome! I would also love to share […]

Continue praying for LGBTIQ+ Ugandans because the outbreak of another pandemic will only make a dire situation worse!