Beyond tolerance (Making sexual orientation a public matter)

Much efforts on what needs to be done to tackle the damaging discrimination and disadvantaged lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, and transgender people face and which structures and strategies that need to be focused on order to address the challenges and changes required, are needed.

I believe i am gay

To fully address and understand tolerance and discrimination of LGBTI persons, one has to understand the definitions of homophobic hate crime, and homophobic hate incidents; gaps, weaknesses and trends in data sources; the prevalence and impact of homophobic hate crime upon LGBTI women and men; the barriers faced by LGBTI women and men when reporting homophobic hate crimes; and recommendations and ways forward.

There has to be a devised mechanism to increase on our knowledge of the nature of sexual orientation, to capture changing public attitudes and to investigate the impact of disadvantages experienced by lesbian, gay  bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBT) people.

There has to be a review that brings together the existing research and evidence on sexual orientation, in order to inform future policy development and strategy in relation to sexual orientation in Europe or other parts of the world in contrast with homophobic countries giving examples like Russia, Gambia, Uganda among others.

There must be an extensive exploration on approaches that are used in estimating the size of the LGBTI asylum seekers population in Europe for which there is currently no reliable estimate. Achieving an accurate measure of this population is critical for promoting equality and challenging discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

Uganda Gay On Move (UGOM) fully supports putting sexual orientation data into the public domain. It recognises that though there are obvious tensions between whether people regard sexual orientation as a public or private issue, sexual orientation has always been a public matter, though more often to the detriment of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGBTI) people themselves.

By UGOM

 

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