Uganda’s LGBTIQA+ community more aware of their rights

Queer Youth Uganda (QYU), promotes the rights of sexual and gender minorities in Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal and stigmatised. The organisation promotes especially the rights of 18-35 years old who belong to the LGBTIQA+ community.

QYU works in the capital, Kampala, as well as in several districts in rural Uganda. Founder Opio Sam Leticia founded Queer Youth Uganda after being persecuted and beaten for being transgender.

In the project supported by KIOS, representatives of sexual and gender minorities were trained about human rights and their defense. Among other things, the organization trained 16 human rights defenders who help the LGBTIQA+ people in their communities by informing them of their rights and by documenting and reporting human rights violations. Despite the challenges caused by the corona pandemic, the project was able to be implemented, although the number of participants in the trainings was reduced due to the pandemic.

In the project, Queer Youth Uganda also trained 37 members of the LGBTIQA+ community in southern and eastern Uganda about international human rights treaties. The trained persons reached a total of approximately 116 members of the LGBTIQA+ community, to whom they have shared their information.