Author: Kikonyogo Kivumbi

Uganda: Media bias leads to harassment of trans women

Uganda: Media bias leads to harassment of trans women

COMMENTARY. Prejudiced media reporting sets the stage for the ongoing problem of Ugandan transgender women being harassed and stigmatized. From [...]
Businesses of at-risk Ugandans will get Covid-19 aid

Businesses of at-risk Ugandans will get Covid-19 aid

Uganda is among five countries that will benefit from a new fund which will support social entrepreneurs and micro-businesses owned by key populations [...]
LGBTQI advocate Richard Lusimbo honored for fighting HIV stigma

LGBTQI advocate Richard Lusimbo honored for fighting HIV stigma

LGBTQI advocate Richard Lusimbo is one of six Ugandans recognized by the International Community of Women Living with HIV / Eastern Africa (ICWEA) for [...]
Ugandan-born trans woman wins Canadian award

Ugandan-born trans woman wins Canadian award

Ugandan-born LGBTQI+ activist, refugee and trans woman Christopher Nkambwe is the winner of the prestigious Community One Foundation’s Steinert & [...]
Despite police brutality, Uganda wants to host AIDS conference

Despite police brutality, Uganda wants to host AIDS conference

Activists fighting against AIDS and for human rights in Uganda are pushing to reverse the decision to move next year's African AIDS conference out of [...]
Uganda: COSF 20 human rights abuse case adjourned to March

Uganda: COSF 20 human rights abuse case adjourned to March

A Ugandan court has adjourned to March 2021 a case in which 20 LGBT youths are suing a prisons official and a municipal authority leader over torture [...]
Appeal to journalists: Report accurately about LGBT Ugandans

Appeal to journalists: Report accurately about LGBT Ugandans

Journalists and social media writers need to do a better job of reporting accurately and consistently about LGBT Ugandans. That was the call made by V [...]
Poverty is not a crime: African Court rules against vagrancy laws

Poverty is not a crime: African Court rules against vagrancy laws

The African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights has unanimously ruled against ‘vagrancy’ laws that are used by post-independence former colonies to vic [...]
Police brutality: Activists demand ICASA boycott of Uganda

Police brutality: Activists demand ICASA boycott of Uganda

African human rights defenders are seeking to move the preeminent African anti-AIDS conference out of Uganda because of human rights abuses by Uganda' [...]
Advocates to Biden: Here’s how to fix Trump’s LGBTI abuses abroad

Advocates to Biden: Here’s how to fix Trump’s LGBTI abuses abroad

LGBTI and human rights advocates at the Council for Global Equality have pointed advice for how the upcoming Biden-Harris administration can undo anti [...]
Uganda gays, key populations elect members of health panel

Uganda gays, key populations elect members of health panel

LGBTQ+ Ugandans, sex workers and other Ugandans most at risk of HIV infections have elected their two representatives to the panel overseeing health p [...]
Homophobic Tanzania seeks close ties to gay-friendly Joe Biden

Homophobic Tanzania seeks close ties to gay-friendly Joe Biden

The homophobic Tanzanian President, Dr John Magufuli, has sent a belated congratulatory message to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-e [...]
LGBTIQ activist Po Kimani needs our help to battle cancer

LGBTIQ activist Po Kimani needs our help to battle cancer

A prominent Kenyan LGBTIQ rights and social justice activist is undergoing cancer treatment for the fourth time, and friends have issued a call to sup [...]
Criticised for LGBT repression, Tanzania leader wins re-election

Criticised for LGBT repression, Tanzania leader wins re-election

Tanzania President John Pombe Magufuli, whose government has been accused of repeated violations of LGBT people's rights, today (Nov. 5) was sworn in [...]
Trans woman among four activists eyeing Uganda health posts

Trans woman among four activists eyeing Uganda health posts

Three LGBT activists and one defender of drug users' human rights  have expressed interest in representing Ugandans most at risk of HIV infection on t [...]
LGBT Ugandans to elect members of national health panel

LGBT Ugandans to elect members of national health panel

Ugandan homosexuals, sex workers, drug users and other key populations at higher risk of contracting HIV are set to elect new representatives to the G [...]
Online uproar over Ugandan lesbian couple’s wedding photo

Online uproar over Ugandan lesbian couple’s wedding photo

A photograph of Ugandan gospel singer Julie Mutesasira kissing her female partner after their wedding was still trending online in Uganda a week after [...]
Report: Uganda Police are No. 1 violator of LGBT people’s rights

Report: Uganda Police are No. 1 violator of LGBT people’s rights

The Uganda Police Force is the single biggest violator of human rights of sexual minorities, a new report found. From the African Human Right [...]
Uganda survey: Covid-19 exposes LGBTQI people to more danger

Uganda survey: Covid-19 exposes LGBTQI people to more danger

The Ugandan government's response to Covid-19 has put the already vulnerable LGBTQI community at greater risk. A study proposes ways to reduce those r [...]
Homeless LGBTQ persons in Uganda get shelters

Homeless LGBTQ persons in Uganda get shelters

LGBTQ rights activists have opened a total of five shelters to house homeless LGBTQ persons in Uganda. From the African Human Rights Media [...]
Two Ugandan officials now risk arrest on charges of torturing LGBT youths

Two Ugandan officials now risk arrest on charges of torturing LGBT youths

Arrest warrants have been issued against two Ugandan officials who repeatedly ignored orders to appear in court to answer charges of torturing LGBT yo [...]
Uganda milestone: LGBTQI+ advocates welcome HRAPF’s permanent home

Uganda milestone: LGBTQI+ advocates welcome HRAPF’s permanent home

The Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) has been lauded by LGBTQI+ rights advocates and allies in Uganda for acquiring a new and perman [...]
Ugandan gay ally Sylvia Tamale: How to revive African ideals of social justice

Ugandan gay ally Sylvia Tamale: How to revive African ideals of social justice

It's time for Africans to shake off the lessons of colonialism and revive  African ideals of social justice, Ugandan scholar and LGBTQI+ ally Dr. Sylv [...]
‘Kill the Gays’ bill author David Bahati wins primary election

‘Kill the Gays’ bill author David Bahati wins primary election

David Bahati, the homophobic Ugandan member of parliament best known as the author of the 2014 bill that originally called for the death penalty for h [...]
Lawsuit seeks to block Ugandan clampdown on online news

Lawsuit seeks to block Ugandan clampdown on online news

Less than five months before elections, the Ugandan government has banned political rallies and is seeking to control online communications -- a move [...]
LGBTQ+ Ugandans have key role in push toward AIDS-free nation

LGBTQ+ Ugandans have key role in push toward AIDS-free nation

Uganda has launched an ambitious five-year plan (2020-2025) to reduce new HIV infections among adults and youths by 70 percent. Yet Uganda Aids Commis [...]
To fight AIDS, Uganda finally imports water-based sex lubricants

To fight AIDS, Uganda finally imports water-based sex lubricants

Uganda government has finally allowed the importation and distribution of water-based sex lubricants, an AIDS-fighting device that officials had  shun [...]
Gay rights activists get Covid-19 protective supplies

Gay rights activists get Covid-19 protective supplies

Over 86 LGBTI and mainstream human rights organisations in Uganda have received supplies of Personal Protective Equipment from the human rights organi [...]
Ugandan activists start condom coalition to fight AIDS

Ugandan activists start condom coalition to fight AIDS

LGBT-rights and right-to-health advocates in Uganda have launched a coalition to focus specifically on access and availability of AIDS-fighting condom [...]
Activists to Uganda: $64 fee for Covid-19 tests is ‘suicidal’

Activists to Uganda: $64 fee for Covid-19 tests is ‘suicidal’

Thirty-eight LGBT and right-to-health organisations in Uganda have  issued an open letter to Uganda's health minister, Dr Ruth Aceng, expressing deep [...]
Tanzania tightens LGBT repression ahead of election

Tanzania tightens LGBT repression ahead of election

Tanzanian authorities have reportedly stepped up their restrictions on organizations working to promote the rights and health of LGBT people ahead of [...]
Ugandan candidate Stella Nyanzi appeals for LGBTQ contributions

Ugandan candidate Stella Nyanzi appeals for LGBTQ contributions

Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a Ugandan queer scholar running for Parliament, is seeking campaign contributions from gay celebrities Ellen DeGeneres and Sir Elto [...]
UNAIDS chief: We must focus anti-AIDS efforts on stigmatised minorities

UNAIDS chief: We must focus anti-AIDS efforts on stigmatised minorities

The world's fight against HIV / AIDS needs to focus on homosexuals, sex workers, injecting drug users and migrant populations, says the leader of the [...]
Ugandan LGBTI activist appointed Pan Africa ILGA program manager

Ugandan LGBTI activist appointed Pan Africa ILGA program manager

A Ugandan HIV and LGBTI activist, Richard Lusimbo, has been appointed program manager for Pan Africa ILGA, the LGBTI advocacy organization that serves [...]
In the works: Ugandan human rights defenders protection bill

In the works: Ugandan human rights defenders protection bill

A Ugandan legislator has won parliament's OK to draft and present a Human Rights Defenders Protection Bill. From the African Human Rights M [...]
Released from Ugandan prison, Cosf-20 seek probe of torture

Released from Ugandan prison, Cosf-20 seek probe of torture

Twenty LGBT Ugandans who spent 50 days on remand in a Ugandan prison on Covid-19-related charges have filled a complaint seeking an investigation of t [...]
LGBT refugees coalition condemns Kenya violence

LGBT refugees coalition condemns Kenya violence

A coalition of LGBT refugees in East Africa wants authorities in Kenya and globally to speak out against violence meted out against queer refugees in [...]
Uganda: Court awards $1,341 to each of 19 jailed LGBT youths

Uganda: Court awards $1,341 to each of 19 jailed LGBT youths

A High Court judge in Uganda has awarded damages of 5 million Ugandan shillings (about US $1,341) to each of 19 LGBT youths who were imprisoned for 50 [...]
Day 44: Uganda court sets bail hearing for 19 LGBT detainees

Day 44: Uganda court sets bail hearing for 19 LGBT detainees

A magistrate in Uganda has ordered prison authorities to produce 19 members of the LGBT community who have been on remand since March, charged with vi [...]
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