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  1. Lloyd
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    Hi Caleb, Lloyd here from Australia. I am an amateur activist: that is, I write letters to the government, foreign affairs ministry and have had a couple of stories published on the gay rights situation in Ghana, Jamaica and Uganda. I am by no means a professional but these are my thoughts:
    If you are operating in a risky environment, discretion is the key. Start a secret group on Facebook and only add safe people to it; although it would be good to go in guns blazing, that can backfire. It sounds like you need to take the softly softly approach. Let me start at No.5. This one is very important. I think that if you approach these politicians, do so in the correct manner, ie. appointments, and don’t go for too much too soon. Simply explain the hardships of being LGBT in your country to them and gauge their response. If they are sympathetic, outlay your concerns to them. However you know your country better than I do, and if approaching them could mean arrest, don’t do it! However you could make a phone call and see their response to it, but be careful of bribery ,ie if they try to get you to meet them then have the police waiting. I hope I don’t sound negative, I just want you all to be safe! With number 4, with each story you see in a newspaper, or even on tv, get members of your group to write a letter refuting the claims and pointing out the sensationalism. They can use pseudonyms if they are concerned for their safety. Whether they print it or not tells you what their reaction is. You could even get someone to write a story, anoymously if they wish, about what it is like to be LGBT in Belize: papers love stories about sexuality and may publish it because they think people will buy it. So the key is to be polite but honest. Regarding number 1, create a nice atmosphere for your group. Often gay people in homophobic countries have strong relationships with each other because the rest of society rejects you. Foster these relationships. Also, look out for straight allies. They can be very helpful, because they then talk about it to others who also may offer you support. I hope I have been helpful. I wish you the very best of luck. Lloyd, Australia.

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  2. Marion Grace Woolley
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    Hi Caleb,

    This is a vast area, and it rather depends on where you’re starting from and what the current situation is within your country. I’d be happy to have a lengthier chat via e-mail. I’m an IntDev and NGO consultant with experience in Policy & Advocacy, and the LGBT sector.

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