Empowered LGBTI people

Social change starts with individual LGBTI people who no longer accept being marginalised but decide to take action. Individual stories raise public awareness and expose the level of exclusion in society. Empowered LGBTI individuals serve as role models for others, and their actions form important steps in the creation of LGBTI communities.

How do we think this works? Here are a few of our assumptions:
“Empowered LGBTI people experience less psychological pressure and stress, adopt healthier lifestyles and show less (sexual) risk behaviour” (Letter B in the graphic below)
“LGBTI people who are active in the public sphere are positive role models and lead to “normalisation” in the media and in public opinion” (Letter F in the graphic below)
“Professionals are best influenced through their peers who have already been sensitised: police officers through police officers, nurses through nurses, etc.” (Letter H in the graphic below)

Kenya: Advocacy and Policy Engagement by Ishtar-MSM in

Ishtar-MSM engages in advocacy and policy engagement by being the link between the MSM (men who have sex with men) and MSW (male sex workers) community ...

Botswana: Raising awareness of stakeholders and mobilization

Rainbow Identity Association’s (RIA) lessons learned process focused on raising awareness on issues of transgender and intersex persons to different ...

Cameroon: The commitment of champion journalist to

A journalist did facilitate at a training for journalists, organized by our partner Affirmative Action, to have a better understanding about LGBTI issues ...

Burkina Faso: Activities for LBQ women from Ouagadougou

Empowerment of LBQ women and Transgenders in Burkina Faso, through the work of a LBQ organisation in Ouagadougou, which organizes for instance soccers plays, ...

Burkina Faso: Stories of LGBTI people from Bobo Dioulasso

Stories of LGBTI individuals from Bobo Dioulasso, members of association Alternative Burkina, about rejection, love, misunderstanding, discrimination at ...

South Africa: The power of safe spaces for dialogue

Providing safe spaces for LGBTI communities – also in rural areas – helps bring them into contact with their peers, with practitioners and with police ...

Malawi: Peer Education Programme

Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) is one of the organizations implementing evidence based prevention project targeting men who have sex with ...

South Africa: Scaling up Free PREP

As a community based organisation, OUT in Pretoria is selected as one of the three organisations to roll out PREP in South Africa. This Story of change ...

Vietnam: I am a Woman who Loves Women

A great serie of photography from Northern Vietnam where Women Loving Women (WlW) came out on social media. CSAGA’s social media campaign did reach ...

MeNa region: Home Queer Home

The QUEER ZONE Project provides a safe space for the LGBT community. There people can express themselves freely and discuss issues that concerns them. How ...