Sex And Sexuality, Violence, And Inequality

1712 Words Oct 13th, 2014 7 Pages
Throughout history, sex and sexuality have been the spotlight of discrimination, violence, and inequality. In recent years, Uganda has been a main focus of such issues. Within Uganda, problems of disease and poverty have overshadowed the significant issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) rights in the past. With political and social institutions that are anti-LGBTI, many actions including the most recent anti-homosexuality law, have worked to rid the country of these individuals. This law, among others, criminalizes homosexuality and any sexuality outside of heterosexuality (“Parliament Outlaws Homosexuality”) To combat this unnatural law and to achieve greater equality and liberation of LGBTI individuals, a non-governmental organization, called Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) was founded (“Who We Are”). With a mission of monitoring, coordinating, and supporting member organizations to achieve the liberation of LGBTI people, SMUG as well as many national and international organizations are taking a stand and responding to the threats of LGBTI inequality and violence in Uganda.
In Ugandan history, people were accepting of non-heterosexual sexualities until the establishment of colonialism. During pre-colonialism, Uganda consisted of many same-sex relationships (Evaristo). One of the largest traditional kingdoms was home to a king who was openly gay. Also, in northern Uganda, effeminate males were simply treated as women and allowed to marry men.…

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