The LGBTIQ and sex worker movements in East Africa

Nakaweesi-Kimbugwe, Solome; with Chigudu, Hope. “The LGBTIQ and sex worker movements in East Africa”. BRIDGE, Institute of Development Studies (April 2013)

Introduction

The LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer) and sex worker movements in East Africa are movements of minorities struggling with many issues: identity, marginalisation, denial of citizenship, invisibility, discrimination, human dignity and oppression, at the same time as dealing with contentious issues within and between movements that can make it difficult to forge common interests, goals and strategies. In this case study we consider the background and development of the movements, the connections between them, and their strategies, tactics and agendas. We discuss key achievements of the movements and the challenges that remain, and we ask what lessons can be learnt about inclusive movement building for social justice and human rights.

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