As I return to my work at Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), I share some reflections on a 4-month long study leave. I spent the last quarter of 2018 in the dream filled New York City, undertaking the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) Fellowship at Columbia University http://www.humanrightscolumbia.org/hrap. I am happy to be back to this
Sexual Minorities Uganda joined Trans Equality Network as they marked the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance- TDoR. The members of TEU say the day is important for them to celebrate their identities with the vibrant members of the community here in Uganda and across the globe. Sexual Minorities Uganda Programs Director Pepe Julian Onziema said,
Sexual Minorities Uganda has been awarded for supporting the recently concluded Y+ Beauty Pageant in Kampala Uganda organized by The Uganda Network of Young People living with HIV-UNYPA. The Y+ beauty pageant is an annual campaign that gives a platform to young people living with HIV to be able to become voices to the voiceless,
PRESS STATEMENT For Immediate Release:November 22 2018 Alliance of Women Advocating for Change • Sexual Minorities Uganda • Health GAP WONETHA • Uganda Harm Reduction Network • International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS Eastern Africa • Transgender Equality Uganda • Uganda Network on Law Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET) HIV Organizations Decry “Political Interference” with HIV Response in Uganda.
Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo is back at his homophobic antics! He ordered that any Key Populations presentations be cancelled from the National HIV Prevention Symposium. Lokodo targeted Sexual Minorities Uganda Acting Programs Director Richard Lusimbo who after lots of research and preparation was excited to give a presentation about “Using Rights Evidence
Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has received lots of praise from members of parliament after she harshly criticized the president of the Inter Parliamentary Union Gabriella Barroza for trying to move a motion on homosexuality on the agenda of the IPU summit without the consent of both Arab and African representatives. According to Parliament
Sexual Minorities Uganda hosted the 2nd The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries-TFAM meeting. The ministry is aimed at reconciling LGBTIQ in Uganda with the church. Most of us grew up in a religious setting but had to break ties with the church because of Homophobia. In his opening remarks Pastor Simon Mpinga said it is amazing
SMUG welcomes the historic decision by the Supreme Court of India that strake down the Penal Code Act Section 377, which criminalised LGBT People. This victory today gives back the gay pride that has been denied to the LGBT community for generations in India. Additionally, we celebrate this win because the dignity of the LGBTI
Sexual Minorities Uganda would like to disassociate from the ongoing allegations by a cross section of individuals with the aim of associating the LGBTI community in Uganda for being the main “sponsors” of certain social, political or economic activities. While we encourage and respect each individual’s right to freely participant in any social, political and
2018 has been a pivotal year for Sexual Minorities Uganda. Progress has been cited in each of our key thematic areas of programming (Advocacy and Law Reform; Research and Documentation; Capacity Development/Strengthening; Safety and Protection). Each area has been buttressed by a number of programs, campaigns and other efforts that will be outlined briefly below.