In Northern and West Nile Regions of Uganda, homosexuality is not talked about openly because the society denies the existence of LGBT persons and considers this diversity an abomination. In such a gagged environment, where culture plays a bigger role than law; the queer community dared to celebrate Pride in an event named, “How do I look, Northern Connection!”
Although homophobia and discrimination are at an all time high in Uganda currently, there were a number of testimonies that raised the faith of the believers. One individual said they were traumatized by a mainstream church and vowed not to recite the rosary ever again. She noted that even as he made the trip to the reciting her spirit was fighting her drawing her back to that over a decade old trauma. “When I walked in, found people that look like me, mentioning challenges that mirror mine, I found my kindred. I leave more intentional to recite my rosary,” testified Loretta.
The Ugandan delegation at the ongoing 61st session of the Organization of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States Parliamentary Assembly has vowed to oppose plans by pro-gay nations to impose the promotion of homosexuality and abortion as new conditions for trade and aid relationships with the European Union. According to NTV Uganda , speaking at […]
The purpose of this #DYK campaign is to raise awareness on the amendment of the act so as sexual and gender minority communities are not found at the wrong end of the law. We also aim to clear some misinformation and disinformation that has been spread which has raised a lot of online insecurity and further curtailed freedom of speech of structurally silenced groups. We believe that as minority groups, the internet plays a big role in advancing our advocacy; this campaign is aimed ensuring the continuity of this advocacy.
HER Internet’s campaign’s hashtag #SpeakFreelyTypeFreelydraws on the insight that the same rights that are enjoyed by people offline to express themselves should also be enjoyed online and calls on everyone to make it safe for people to express themselves freely, while #SeeSomethingSaySomethingencourages all internet users to call out any violation or infringement upon their digital rights or the rights of others.
To get involved or participate, follow HER Internetvia their social media pages: Twitter, Instagram and Facebookthrough #SpeakFreelyTypeFreely and #SeeSomethingSaySomething.
Although economic justice is a strong pillar in the fight against discrimination and stigma ,key population communities need to realize that they do not operate in a vacuum away from the rest of the world and as citizens of Uganda are also very much entitled to the benefits of all government poverty alleviation programs.
Last week, HER Internet hosted a two days’ workshop on Misinformation and Disinformation in Kampala following their one month long social media advocacy drive on the same topic. The initiative which was supported by Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Central Africa (CIPESA Uganda) sought to empower structurally silenced women especially LBQ womxn […]
Finally , while queer people are currently living with the trauma of anti gay conspiracies who’s foundation was set by the Langa’s of this world, It is only a matter of time these theories affect every Ugandan. Because of these theories, putting your trousers on “balance” was somehow gay. You will not put on your favorite shirt or dress because of these theories. You will not be able to attend that concert or festival because of these theories gay or not. These conspiracies are attention whores like the people who spread them and they will get the attention, whether you give it to them now or not.