Over the years of the LGBT+ movement, there have been friends made along the way who have dedicated their resources to fight against the prevalent discrimination of sexual and gender diverse persons in Uganda. The fruits from these allies and friendships that have been formed along the way are evident as for example, as of COP 2020, Uganda’s HIV/AIDS response recognizes and provides support to men who have sex with men and transgender persons. This among many milestones the community would not have reached on her own.
The LGBTQI+ community absolutely rejects any suggestion that our community is linked to non-consensual interpersonal behaviors especially the heinous acts of pedophiles. As a community we condemn all acts of child molestation and abuse and encourage the duty bearers to deal with any such culprits as the law states.
It is important to commemorate human rights defenders because they are the bedrock of sustainable and equitable development for all.
David Kato (RIP), a famous LGBT rights campaigner and openly gay man, was brutally killed at his house outside Kampala on January 26, 2011. Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato found murdered | Uganda | The Guardian.
The late David Kato’s death took away a strong and articulate advocate from the LGBT+ community, and it is only appropriate to commemorate him every year.
The purpose of this retreat was to ensure the team at Kuchu Times Media Group begins the new year more than equipped to serve the communities KT has set out to serve.
The team at CivSource Africa used the analogy of baking to guide the KT team on both a personal and organizational reflection and analysis process.
“I would say that unfortunately as law in Uganda goes, its cons still outweigh its pros. But if we have a voice, if we read and we all learn because most of the times what happens is we do not know what we’re dealing with. We don’t know the laws and so people can easily use them against us. If we actually do go back and read; we can navigate the Internet safely,” shares Ms. Ainembabazi.
Motorcycles are an essential part of the key population ecosystem. From trusted means of transportation to clients for some to belonging in some of the key population groups themselves. For some they are used just once in a while in times of emergencies or when there is extreme traffic but for other people it is a way of life, simply no other mode of transport can work. Open as they may seem they can offer a sense of privacy because once you build trust with a rider they will go to the ends of the world for your safety. A study revealed that transgender persons only trust motor cycle taxis a mode of transport as this does not draw a lot of attention to them. The same applies to sex workers and other members of the key population community.
Issues of climate change put everyone in a vulnerable state. We can drive and create change for sustainable growth and livelihood if everyone is involved. We ought to add our voices and demand for the implementation of the different commitments, engage in discussions which contribute to our well-being and the protection of natural habitats.
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!”