Visual Echoes


About us

Is a registered youth Lesbians, Gay men, Bisexuals, Transgender, and sex workers-led organization founded in 2017 to advocate for the rights and freedoms of sexual minority groups in Uganda through sports, Visual Art and Culture as well as providing legal aid services to LGBTIQ people. The organization was founded by a group of gay youths in the awake of gross violation of rights and freedoms of LGBT and Sex work persons in the country as a result of social stigma and discrimination associated with the LGBT community and as well as the passing of the Anti-Homosexuality bill into law by the parliament of Uganda.

With a population of 500,000 people, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) persons in Uganda face many legal challenges and human rights abuses not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female homosexual activity is illegal under the penal code “carnal knowledge against the order of nature between two males and females carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment”.

Issues we focus on

Advocacy, Health Services Delivery, Psychosocial Support

Services offered

Access to contraception, Advocacy, Community Empowerment, Counselling, Drop-in Centre, HIV Testing & Treatment

Key Figures

Resource Personnel

Personnel Number of people
Paralegals 1
Peer Educators 15
Village Health Teams 2

Recorded Human Rights Violations

Violation Number of occurences
Arbitrary Detention 2
Arrest for violating COVID-19 movement restrictions 1
Blackmail 4
Defamation 1
Employment termination 5
Eviction due to failure to pay rent 15
Excessive use of force by law enforcement 1
Extortion 2
Gender-based/intimate partner violence while staying with a partner 4
Harassment 5
Intimidation 4
Public Outing 2
Torture or cruel, inhumane, degrading treatment in police/prison custody 2
Unable to access health services due to movement restrictions 7
Unable to access legal services 2
Unable to adhere to ART due to lack of nutritional support 6

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