“LGBT people still tend to hide”

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11/17/2020

Homophobia haunts many African countries, including Uganda. The civil-society organisations Queer Youth Uganda is making efforts to improve things for LGBT people. The four letters stand for “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual”. Queer-Youth leader Sam Opio told D+C/E+Z about both the progress made in recent years and lasting problems. How has the situation of LGBT people changed in Uganda in past decades? When I grew up, we had no information at all. Every once in a while, there would be a story about a man being arrested for “sodomising” another man. There was no distinction between gay, lesbian or trans people. People said that homosexuality was not part of the African tradition or culture and that “perversions” were being imported from the west. Things were very confusing and frightening for young gay people like me. There has been some progress, however, and the year 2014 was an important turning point in the history of the LGBT movement in Uganda.

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