Sexual Minorities Uganda

Sexual Minorities Uganda  [SM-UG] is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that works towards achieving full legal and social equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people in Uganda. It is the umbrella organization of all homosexual organizations in Uganda.

SMUG was created as a coalition of LGBTI organizations in March 2004. SMUG, now a network, addresses Human Rights issues based on sexual orientation. SMUG is integral part of the human rights advancement.

LGBTI organizations need to have a strong voice on human rights violations in Uganda and around the world especially those of sexual minorities.

Our Activities

  1. Advocacy and Policy issues.
  2. Capacity development for the LGBT community.
  3. Emergency response.
  4. Coordination of the LGBT network.
  5. Research and documentation.

About Us

Our Vision:

A liberated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people of Uganda.

Our Mission:

To monitor, coordinate and support member organizations to achieve their objectives aimed at LGBTI liberation.

Why the Network?

LGBTI organizations need to have a strong voice on human rights violations in Uganda and around the world especially those of sexual minorities.

Aims and Objectives

The SMUG principle objectives are:

  1. To advocate and lobby through coordination of efforts by local and international bodies for the equality of all Ugandans irrespective of gender, age, sexual orientation, tribe, religion, social status.
  2. To build and strengthen visibility through media, literature and drama
  3. To advocate and lobby for social and judicial inclusion of people with diversity
  4. To fight against HIV/AIDS in the LGBTI, MSM & WSW community
  5. Speaking out against homophobia and other forms of gender based violence
  6. Sensitize the general public emphasizing human rights for all
  7. To generate data information and knowledge on LGBTI human rights abuses and provide remedies.
  8. To Sensitize all communities and legal institutions that encompass these principles

 

Today at the High Court update 24th/Sept/2012

Today at the High Court update 24th/Sept/2012

In the case of Kasha J. Frank Mugisha, Pepe Onziema & Jeffrey Ogwaro Vs the Attorney General and Rev Fr. Simon Lokodo (State Minister of ethics and Integrity) preside over by Justice Elidad Mwangusha; today both sides of counsels have agreed unanimously not to put any witness to the stand for cross examination citing that the Affidavits presented to court had more than enough information to be used in this suit.

In the presence of Rev, Simon Lokodo, court was informed by the defendant’s lawyers that a new affidavit from Mr. George Oundo had been attained and was being added to the file. Mr. Oundo claims in his affidavit that he is an Ex-Homosexual, The plaintiffs’ counsel prayed for 3 days to go peruse through Mr. Oundo’s affidavit before he could make any comments.

In a court room packed with LGBTI activists, Journalists and well wishers of both sides Justice Mwangusya appreciated the decision made by counsels to drop the cross examination of witness asserting that that world take a lot of un necessary delays in this suit.

Justice Mwangusya adjourned court to 5th November 2012 at 2:30 PM with a joke that “If this trial was a Journey to Gulu, at this stage we have crossed Karuma falls”

BACK GROUND

On February 14th Rev, Simon Lokodo stormed into a workshop organized by Freedom and roam Uganda (a Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Organization). He claimed that his office had been tipped off by a whistle blower that homosexuals were gathered at Imperial Resort Hotel for a workshop that was illegal. He was forced to close the workshop and ordered the Arrest of one Kasha J. Nabagesera. (Executive Director of FARUG and the chief organizer of the workshop) Kasha eluded the minister’s body guard and escaped without being arrested.

On June 18th another workshop was closed with the Minister’s orders at Esela hotel in Kampala suburb known as Najeera.

 

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