University of Wisconsin–Madison

EVENT CANCELLED: Homophobia in Africa: Perspectives from Uganda

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED: Frank Mugisha, executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda presents the 2015 Mildred Fish-Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture on  the struggles of sexual minorities in the dangerousy hostile climate of East Africa.

Mugisha, one of the few openly gay activists in Uganda, began advocating for LGBTI rights and HIV/AIDS awareness as a university student in 2004. That year, SMUG was formed as an umbrella non-governmental organization to advocate for the protection and promotion of human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Ugandans.

In 2007, Mugisha was among members of Uganda’s LGBTI community who came out publicly during a 45-day media campaign, “Let Us Live in Peace.” He spearheaded the support group Icebreakers Uganda, which provides resources to those who are openly gay or are coming out. In 2012, he started the only LGBT health center in Uganda.

For his outspoken work, he has been named and shamed in Ugandan media and personally targeted.

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