I appeal to all political leaders, both local and national, to make an effort to understand LGBTI people. They should have dialogues to enlighten themselves and receive the right information about gender and sexual minorities.
Apako Williams the Coordinator of Tranz Network Uganda informed the gathering that transgender persons in Uganda continue to live in an environment full of hate and stigma and are regarded by many as the face of homosexuality. Tranz Network Uganda hopes that that the outcomes of such dialogues will help policy makers to plan effectively for transgender people across the country.
The evening session dubbed Lesbian and Bisexual night was held in one of the posh clubs around town; for a change, LGBTI persons gathered in one place, let loose, danced and partied the night away. The mood was ecstatic, the partiers energized; it was a night that will live in the memories of those in attendance for quite a while. For one night, all troubles faded away, issues of class and status were thrown out the window and Uganda’s gender and sexual minorities merged as one.
What is UNESO?
UNESO is an umbrella network for all sex worker led organisations and it represents the needs of all sex workers operating in Uganda inspite of their sexual orientation, gender identity, origin, race or nationality. The network’s major goal is to see sex work decriminalised in Uganda and to create a safer and friendlier environment for sex workers.
First of all, I can barely believe how much the movement has grown; one of the biggest challenges we have always faced is the wide spread lie that activists are out to recruit people into homosexuality. I did not think that so many people would be brave enough to embrace who they are with such negativity surrounding us.
I was elected and selected by all the constituencies that make up key populations. Because I am a sex worker, my clients have been long distance truck drivers and fisher folks; I am therefore well versed with issues that affect most of these groups. I am also a bisexual woman meaning that I understand what it means to be a sexual minority .
Last week, we published Gerald’s recount of the events that led to his spine injury and how he has since coped. Today, we share the video of the interview where he spoke to media for the first time since jumping off a building during Pride 2016. The young gay man feared being outed and opted to leave the scene by any means necessary.