On Tuesday, 17 October 2017, a legal consultation convened by the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA) and Community Health Services and Advocacy (CHESA) was raided by the Tanzanian Police. The consultation was convened in order to get more instructions and evidence on a case that we plan to file before a court. The case concerns a challenge to government’s decision to limit the provision of certain health services that it had previously provided.
The biggest barrier is trust or lack thereof; people in the closet are always fearful that perhaps we have wrong intentions and will out them at certain point. I have tried to reach out to many people but it is very difficult to garner their trust- a person confirms an appointment with you and later cancels it out because they are scared. I however understand their position and I will be patient.
She strongly believes that sports can be a tool used to fight homophobia. On how she copes with the rumor mill within the game, she says she long decided not to address the issue. “I do not have to reply to their queries- I just let them think whatever suits him. I am there to play a game not share my life story; my concentration right now is towards perfecting my skill and that is all that matters,” OT reiterates.
We ought to learn from the targets of our enemies, so as to camouflage better and thrive from the hate-environment. To the young people, education is key! Whether gay or straight, as a growing person, education is paramount to opening doors to a sustainable life, so focus and acquire that tool. Coming out is a “sacrifice”, so young people ought to weigh options; what is the cost of being myself and loosing education yet camouflage and attain education?
One of my greatest dreams for my art is to pass on the skill especially to LGBTI persons in Uganda; we could use the pieces for advocacy as well as channel this into an income generating project that the youths in the community are evidently very in need of. Hopefully, a space and opportunity to pass this on to my peers will come up soon.
FARUG Executive Director Ssenfuka J Warry noted that most LGBTI people are faced with the a difficult coming out process based on the reality that most fami,lies are very misinformed about gender and sexual minorities. She emphasized the need for parents to create time with their children and actually get to know them. Ms. Warry also called upon religious leaders to always preach love not hate saying that all human beings were created in God’s image and that no human has a right to judge another.
On Wednesday 11 October 2017, the Court of Appeal in Mombasa will hear a case against the state’s cruel and degrading treatment of two Kenyan men from Kwale County. The two men were arrested on February 2015 on suspicion of engaging in consensual sexual acts in private on dates unknown, as a result of rumours that they may be gay. The men were then subjected to forced HIV testing and anal examinations under a magistrates order.
Phiwe Ngcengi is a transgender activist from South Africa, she is also one of the subjects wjhose story is shared in the book I Am, Therefore, We Are. The book, written and photographed by Kris Lyseggen and her husband Herb Schreier, introduces us to a new transfeminist movement in the Xhosain rural areas and townships of South Africa. Lyseggen and Schreier interviewed, filmed and photographed more than 20 transgender women from various townships, rural areas and cities in 2014 and 2015.