Ugandan schools continue to have a narrow-minded, repressive and damaging view of students’ sexuality, but at least one church-related organization has urged schools to stop expelling gay and lesbian students.
“From the frying pan into the fire” — that’s how some LGBT refugees described the experience of fleeing to Kenya to escape from homophobic violence in Uganda. Most LGBT refugees in Kenya experienced something like that, even if it wasn’t as extreme as the vivid old description suggests.
A recent survey found that Nigerians have become a bit more tolerant of LGBT people.
Tendo Kalyango, an LGBTIQ Ugandan refugee in Kenya, turned to sex work to make ends meet while awaiting a ruling on his quest for asylum abroad. His earnings help him to stay alive, but also go into the pockets of blackmailers and corrupt police officers.
Eighteen Ugandan LGBTI refugees in Kenya have been arrested, abused and sent to the Kakuma refugee camp, where they face the prospect of further abuse by thousands of homophobic refugees who are also confined there, the O-blog-dee LGBTI rights advocacy blog reports.
Uganda LGBTI rights ally Stella Nyanzi was released on bail on May 10, after more than a month in prison.
In Kenya, LGBT Ugandan refugees turn to each other for support and companionship, but some are abandoned to a life of solitary struggles. Here is one such LGBT refugee’s story, which she told to Simon Kwesigabo, a fellow refugee who has been resettled in the United States.
The Tanzanian government’s ongoing crackdown on LGBT people has given pause to sexual minorities there who previously enjoyed a relatively tolerant environment. Now, says Tanzanian trans sex worker and fashion designer Queen M, for the first time she is afraid.
The Erasing 76 Crimes blog here presents another piece of artwork by Vincent Kyabayinze, who uses his art to appeal for respect for the human rights of LGBTI Ugandans. Vincent Kyabayinze is director of Uganda-based East African Visual Artists, which uses visual arts to advocate for human rights, working to improve the visibility, dignity and …
Fortune magazine included LGBTI human rights defender Frank Mugisha of Uganda in its 2017 list of the world’s greatest leaders.