The Lived Realities of Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer (LBQ) Women in Uganda

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This resource is relevant for humanitarian and development practitioners working within the Ugandan context and beyond: this resource will enable practitioners to understand the the daily lived realities including political, social, civil and economic of LBQ women, by debunking the myths and misconceptions surrounding the lives of LBQ women. There is currently scant research in the area of LBQ women in Africa for practitioners to draw on, making this a useful resource.

This 62-page study adopts a phenomenological approach to understanding the subjective experiences of Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer (LBQ) women in Uganda. Data was collected from 220 LBQ women through semi-structured interviews, one-on-one in-depth interviews and secondary focus group discussions.

As the introduction highlights, the report is divided into five major sections. Chapter 1 highlights the background of the research about the general context within which LBQ women live in Uganda. Chapter 2 the report explains the qualitative methods used to collect and analyse the data. Chapter 3 presents a detailed discussion of experiences with discrimination and violence LBQ women reported. This includes sections on social, political, economic, health and legal realities. This section focuses on the inclusivity of civil society and women’s rights movements for LBQ women in particular. This section also considers the legal mechanisms by which LBQ women could be criminalised.

Chapter 4 provides conclusions from the research and Chapter 5 provides recommendations to Freedom and Roam Uganda and the Government of Uganda on how to respond to the various issues resulting from the analysis. The report finishes by identifying opportunities requiring further engagement.

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“LBQ women experience effects of heterosexism and homophobia in their lives. Their sexuality thus disparaged, they are subject to shaming, harassment, discrimination, and violence, while being denied legal rights and equal protection – all fundamentally denials of recognition of their very existence.”

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This 62-page study adopts a phenomenological approach to understanding the subjective experiences of Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer (LBQ) women in Uganda. Data was collected from 220 LBQ women through semi-structured interviews, one-on-one in-depth interviews and secondary focus group discussions.

As the introduction highlights, the report is divided into five major sections. Chapter 1 highlights the background of the research about the general context within which LBQ women live in Uganda. Chapter 2 the report explains the qualitative methods used to collect and analyse the data. Chapter 3 presents a detailed discussion of experiences with discrimination and violence LBQ women reported. This includes sections on social, political, economic, health and legal realities. This section focuses on the inclusivity of civil society and women’s rights movements for LBQ women in particular. This section also considers the legal mechanisms by which LBQ women could be criminalised.

Chapter 4 provides conclusions from the research and Chapter 5 provides recommendations to Freedom and Roam Uganda and the Government of Uganda on how to respond to the various issues resulting from the analysis. The report finishes by identifying opportunities requiring further engagement.