Are We For The Community?-A Young LGBTQ Activist Questions His Existance.


“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” Asata Shakur. This is a chant I was introduced to when I joined the SMUG Quchu leadership academy, a leadership/mentorship program run by sexual minorities Uganda, to groom upcoming leaders in the LGBT+ movement. The chant to me is so deep. It communicates a lot. We are fighting to realize the freedom that we crave someday as a movement. An equal and just society that we want to see and feel someday. That chant means if we are activists fighting for our freedom then our end goal should be fighting and realizing this freedom someday. “We must love and support each other. That is why I am here.” This is what keeps bothering me day in day out on my activism journey. Do we as a movement have this at the back of our minds? Do we love and support each other?

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