Shortly before the start of the tournament, the organisers were confronted by basketball authorities who instructed them to cancel the event with immediate effect as it had been organized by an organization affiliated to the LGBTQ+ movement.The Federation for Ugandan Basketball Association (FUBA) on realizing that the chief event organizer Jay Mulucha was an out transman quickly called for the halting of the tournament.
It is with great pride and even greater pleasure that we release/launch the long awaited fourth edition of Bombastic Magazine. While we have been off schedule due to a number of hiccups, we thank you all for your patience and continued support in keeping this project alive.
This particular edition is very special because it addresses MENTAL ILLNESS AND WELLNESS as well as INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE within the LGBTQ and sex worker populations- issues that greatly affect us a community yet there’s still a lot of shame, stigma and discrimination associated with them.
Men of the Night Uganda (MoNU), last week, held its first annual general meeting; they introduced their programmes and activities to stakeholders and also elected a board of directors. MoNu is a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of sex workers and also offers health service referrals to its members.
FARUG together with the co-hosting organisations set up a health camp and mobile clinic that saw several participants access free HTC, STD/ STI testing and treatment services. The event also crowned the #BalanceforBetter social media campaign that had been running in the weeks leading up to #IWD2019.
On Thursday, 14 March 2019, a full bench of the Botswana High Court, sitting before the Honourable
Judge A.B Tafa, the Honourable Judge M. Leburu and the Honourable Judge J. Dube, will hear a case
challenging the constitutionality of sections 164(a), 164(c) and 167 of the Botswana Penal Code. These
provisions criminalise same-sex sexual conduct between consenting adults in Botswana and imposes a
maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment.
We are proud to see that Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer (LBQ) Womyn are taking up
spaces by breaking the barriers of heteronormativity and redefining the narratives.
We have been pivotal in many social justice movements. We can still reclaim our
voice and grounding by ensuring our voices are heard and our presence felt.