Institutional, cultural and interpersonal discrimination are the root causes of violence toward LGBTQ individuals. Although discrimination and violence against LGBTQ people are unacceptable, members of this community remain at higher risk of being victims of these crimes. Workplaces, schools and public services such as banking, renting or buying a home, and going to a shopping mall can be sources of discrimination and threats to the LGBTQ community.
LGBTI individuals experience repression and harassment from state actors, and many of them are arrested and prosecuted for same-sex activity. LGBTI individuals are also subject to harassment, threats, violence and extortion by members of their communities and they are frequently derided in the media, by religious leaders and by politicians.
Rape, murder and serious assault are frequently perpetrated against LGBTI persons in Uganda. This creates an unsafe environment for LGBTI individuals to live openly regarding their sexual identity and orientation and hinders their access to health, safety and other public services. Our Safety and Security Program aims to ensure that LGBTI persons can live and work within safe communities without the fear of persecution, physical or property harm or intimidation, and with the full enjoyment of their human rights.