“Despite our concerted efforts to stop the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, the President has today legalized state-sponsored homophobia and transphobia by signing this bill into law. It will erode the inherent rights of LGBTIQ individuals and put innocent Ugandans at cross hairs of grave violations from State and non-state actors. We now look forward to the legal challenge in court, and the law being repealed,” said Frank Mugisha of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG).
17th May, 2023 is commemorated across the world as the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), we are joining in solidarity with the Ugandan LGBTQ+ community to speak out against the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, 2023. The Bill was passed by Uganda’s Parliament and awaits action from President Museveni. If signed into law, it […]
On this International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia, we call upon individuals, communities, and the government of Uganda to join us in actively combating discrimination and prejudice. We urge the rejection of discriminatory laws, the protection of LGBT+ rights, and the creation of an inclusive society where diversity is celebrated and everyone can live their lives authentically, free from fear and oppression.
The mental health challenges faced by LGBTQ+ Ugandans are deeply rooted in societal discrimination, stigma, and repressive laws. Addressing these issues necessitates a collective effort from government entities, civil society organizations, healthcare providers, and the community at large. By fostering safe spaces, promoting access to mental health services, advocating for policy reforms, and fostering education and awareness, it is possible to support the mental well-being of LGBTQ+ Ugandans and create a more inclusive and accepting society. Ultimately, the mental health of every individual, regardless of their sexual and gender identity. It is important to remember that mental health care is well, health care and is a right meant to be accessible to all Ugandans; no ifs or buts!