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Africa and GLBTQ Rights

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Africa and LGBTQ Rights

The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) is the regional coalition of MSM/LGBT led organizations and other organizations that work to address the vulnerability of gay and bisexual men, Male-to-female transgender women and other MSM, to HIV. AMSHeR is the brainchild of several HIV and human rights advocates following the ICASA conference in Abuja (Nigeria, 2005).

The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya is registered as a trust (“Kenya Gay and Lesbian Trust”) and was established in May 2006 following the convening of regional LGBTI activists by a local women’s rights organisation. GALCK acts as an umbrella organisation and currently consists of six member organizations; “Minority Women in Action” (MWA) “Ishtar MSM”, “Gay Kenya Trust” (GKT), “Transgender Education and Advocacy – TEA”, “Persons Marginalized and Aggrieved” (PEMA Kenya in Mombasa) and “Artists For Recognition and Acceptance” (AFRA-Kenya).

Ishtar MSM (Kenya) We Are A Community Based Organization Working with Men Who Have Sex With Other Men (MSM) on HIV, STIs and Reproductive Health Rights. Ishtar MSM was founded in 1997; currently with a membership of more than 300 MSMs. The Organization has since developed to deal with MSM Holistically where all MSMs , Male Sex Workers & Transgender Men are now included. Ishtar MSM is particular in addressing issues of that surround Stigma directed at the MSM community & how Homophobia is a major contribution to high vulnerability to HIV/AIDS

Identity Kenya: The Kenya Sexual and Gender Minorities News Service

OUT-LGBT Well-being is 15 years old and one of the biggest LGBT organisations in South Africa. There has been many successes including playing a leading role in securing same sex marriage and the opening of a dedicated LGBT community centre. The focus is on health and rights.

LAMBDA the Mozambican Association for Sexual Minority Rights was founded in 2006. LAMBDA’s mission is to promote the civic, human and legal rights of LGBTI citizens, through public awareness and education, advocacy and social dialogue. LAMBDA’s target groups are all LGBTI citizens, civil society organizations, political and governmental institutions, social groups, such as the youth, teachers, medical doctors, and the general public (Site in Portuguese)

The Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) was founded in 1990 in order to advocate for the rights of LGBT people and to challenge homophobic legislation. It also quickly started to respond to the threat of HIV/AIDS at a time when there was almost complete denial of the existence of HIV in Zimbabwe by the State. GALZ has a nationwide membership and operates from offices in Harare and Bulawayo

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.

Freedom and Roam Uganda is a lesbian Organisation which was established in 2003 by a group of fully fledged lesbians who were constantly harassed, insulted and discriminated against by a misinformed society and who were touched by the plight of their sisters and brothers of the same sexual orientation and gender identity.

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