A LETTER TO THE LGBTQI+ COMMUNITY IN UGANDA

The last few days have once again revived feelings we all hate to deal with. The Constitutional Court of Uganda has further confirmed the disregard for human life and basic human dignity passing judgment that the consolidated petition that was presented against the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 (AHA) does not pass constitutional muster, thus, denying our ask to nullify it in its entirety.

Please receive our deepest empathy for the emotions we may all be experiencing. We understand the weight of this setback and its impact on all our lives. Our disappointment, anger, and sadness are valid, and we want to assure you that you are not alone in navigating these emotions.

While this might send a fresh wave of frustration and despair, we want to remind ourselves of our power, who we are, and the journey we have walked thus far. We have since dealt with greater adversity; from the times of the British legislation and our ancestors who have lived through such adversities should serve as a reminder of the resilient strength within us.

At every given chance, Ugandan anti-LGBTQ+ legislators and religious leaders rationalize their criminalization of LGBTQI+ individuals based on the African culture, sadly, they do not have a broad understanding of their own culture and are simply short-sighted to disregard human life based on what the colonizers set as rules. We can only wish they study this culture they speak of a bit more to familiarize themselves with the LGBTQI+ community pre-colonial times. The LGBTQI+ community is nothing new.

We want to remind you that over the years, we have witnessed our unwavering courage and determination in the face of adversity. Our voices have been powerful agents of change, and our advocacy efforts have brought about significant progress in the fight for equality and inclusion.

The road ahead looks bumpy, scary even, but setbacks are not the end of a journey, they are redirections for renewed hope and strategy in times like these. So, let us stand tall in our identities, and hold tight to what restores our hope; community, faith, sports, solidarity, hold tight onto those as this wave passes. Keep your security a priority because we have work to do.

May the progress of what we have done so far be our reminder not to lose sight, together, we can continue to advocate for change, challenge injustice, and create a more inclusive society for all.

As an organization, we stand with you, now and always. We are here to offer support and a safe space for you to express yourselves and seek assistance if needed. You are not alone in this journey, and we are committed to walking alongside you every step of the way, above all God loves you.

With love, solidarity, and unwavering support.

Universal Coalition of Affirming Africans Uganda