“And That’s How I Survived Being Killed”

Today was the publication of, "And That's How I Survived Being Killed": Testimonies of Human Rights Abuses From Uganda's Sexual and Gender Minorities by Sexual Minorities Uganda. Finally seeing it in print was such an amazing experience. The report includes testimonies from interviews of selected cases from the 264  documented cases of human rights abuses toward … Continue reading “And That’s How I Survived Being Killed”

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“The heterosexuals are making us into a business”

From my fieldnotes (Kampala, 2015). We are sitting in our usual spot. Except today the group is larger. ███ comes about five minutes after I get there. Still wearing what he was wearing to work today. He sat down ordered a beer and started talking about corruption in Uganda — and how the LGBT community … Continue reading “The heterosexuals are making us into a business”

“It’s just the way I am”

From my fieldnotes (Kampala, 2015). I asked if she was ever worried about people recognizing her here. I moved to this side because there are no newspapers on this side. Most people don’t read newspapers here. They can't read because of the illiteracy. So they don’t really know me. — Okay, but some know. But … Continue reading “It’s just the way I am”

“One was husband and one was the wife”

From my fieldnotes (Kampala, 2015). █████ started talking about homosexuals seeking services at an HIV support organization. There was one last week and “one was husband and one was the wife.” The HIV counselor that was counseling them told the other interns to get out and to give them privacy. Typically interns are allowed to … Continue reading “One was husband and one was the wife”

“You do know about our Homosexuality Act don’t you?”

From my fieldnotes (Kampala, 2015). I went to an HIV support organization on the edge of the city to meet with the research admin about my project. I went in and he came out to look over my application. I briefly told him that I would be researching “sexuality, stigma, and HIV.” He started smiling … Continue reading “You do know about our Homosexuality Act don’t you?”

A conversation with two interns at an HIV clinic

From my fieldnotes (Kampala, 2015). The topic of homosexuality came up after I found this poster curled up in a corner. One of the interns I was talking to had taken it down. But we were also discussing human rights earlier — and how some Ugandans (especially those who are involved in opposition politics to … Continue reading A conversation with two interns at an HIV clinic