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  1. Most At Risk Populations' Society in Uganda

    Thanks for providing articles that hopefully are read by the very persons who need to engage in constructive advocacy even while they seek bread and butter (which is not a bad thing to do). In fact I would prefer someone who openly admits to the bread and butter side of the initiative than hypocrisy and cunning of jet-setting publicly purporting to represent many only to end up lining private pockets. We have a satirical article too: http://kampalagaynews.blogspot.com/2018/01/homogenizing-homosexuals-is-abusive.html.

  2. Denis LeBlanc
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    There are elements of “internalized homophobia” at play in this process, particularly at the early states of an emerging movement. Most of us are raised with a heterosexual outlook and values. Religion also deeply conditions individuals against homosexuality and to think in terms of a fixed gender binary. These do not instantly disappear when coming out.

    We saw this phenomenon manifest in the first decades in the West. Individuals, including activists, often did benefit from de-conditioning, a deep examination of attitudes and where these originate. The early movement often used an informal form of “consciousness-raising” groups, well described in Gestalt therapy, to de-condition and to be rid of the remnants of internalized homophobia. Other forms of regular (weekly is best) discussion groups can also be effective. Discussion groups need to give all participants get a chance to self-assess and express their feelings on a given topic, such as What is coming out, or How to deal with family.


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