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What is Sexual Minorities Uganda?


Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) is an umbrella non-governmental organization based in Kampala, Uganda. SMUG advocates for the protection and promotion of human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Ugandans.

Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) and LGBTI led non-government community based network formed in March 2004 to address Human Rights issues based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Today the network comprises 18 LGBTI organizations all working to advocate for rights of LGBTIs and improve their welfare through service provision. The umbrella entity SMUG is entrusted the responsibility of advocacy for policy reforms as MOs offer services on economic empowerment, health, counseling and guidance and other services to the LGBT community. Advocacy for the rights of LGBTIs; the core pursuit of SMUG has for 10 years been at domestic and international levels; in that, SMUG works closely with indigenous and international human rights organizations and persons to end discrimination and injustices towards LGBTIs in Uganda.

It is advocacy that has made SMUG an integral part of the human rights struggle in Uganda and on the international scene with remarkable achievements. The network is directed by a Board of Directors, the secretariat is headed by the Executive Director, and SMUG’s operations and those of member organizations solely target LGBTIs.

Mission

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To monitor, coordinate, and support member organizations to achieve their objectives aimed at the Liberation of LGBTI people.

Vision

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A Liberated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people of Uganda.

Objectives

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-To advocate  and lobby through coordination of efforts by local and international bodies for the equality of all Ugandans irrespective of gender, age, sexual orientation, tribe, religion, and social status.

-To build and strengthen visibility through media, literature, dialogues, debates, and drama

-To advocate and lobby for social and judicial inclusion of people with diversity

-To fight against HIV/AIDS in the LGBTI, MSM and WSW community

-To generate data and information, and knowledge on LGBTI human rights abuses and provide remedies.

Thematic Areas

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1. Advocacy and Policy change

2. Research and Documentation

3. Capacity Building

4. Emergency Response.

Key Statistics


Some facts about the current state of the LGBTI community in Uganda and Africa

96

Ugandans believe homosexuality is not an acceptable way of life.

98

of gay asylum-seekers fleeing persecution are returned home to a likely death or persecution.

70

of African countries, including Uganda, have outlawed homosexual acts.

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