On 12th June 2016, the world was left dumbfounded after Pulse, a gay club in Orlando was attacked leaving 49 people dead. One year down the road, the LGBTI community around the world is still recovering from the homophobic attack; they have, in commemoration of the first year memorial, honored them with the hash tags #WeWillnotLetHateWin and #WeareOrlando.
Spectrum Initiative Uganda Holds Consultative Meeting With MOH On Key Population Health Needs
Moses Kimbugwe the Programs Director at Spectrum Initiative Uganda, said the meeting was very positive and it is one of many that will help bridge the gap between health service delivery and key populations. He explained that the Ministry of Health has shown willingness in working with the HIV/AIDS Parliamentary Committee to have a budget line specifically targeting key populations as well as fighting stigma towards HIV and KPs in the wider population.
US Court states that Scott Lively’s Actions to Demonize LGBTI Ugandans are Unlawful as it Dismisses Case on Technical Grounds
To highlight Dr Mugisha’s point, the ruling further states that ‘Anyone reading this memorandum should make no mistake. The question before the court is not whether Defendant’s actions in aiding and abetting efforts to demonize, intimidate, and injure LGBTI people in Uganda constitute violations of international law. They do.
African Commission Tackles Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity
Africa-based nongovernmental organizations and human rights defenders involved with the commission’s work should be fully supported in speaking out, pointing to this body of soft law, and encouraging local and regional leaders to apply African human rights standards to sexual orientation and gender identity issues.
BEING GAY, BEING ILLEGAL IN UGANDA
“The younger generations are very homophobic in Uganda. Much is the fault of the schools, where they give talks of more than five hours talking about the evils of homosexuality washing the brain. In addition, Uganda is a very religious country and church preachers speak with much hatred towards us. But we have decided to speak for ourselves, to say that we are here and that we exist, and to end fear and prejudice. “