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)

Growing Into My Own Skin

A Reflection on Personal Growth, Well-being, and Acceptance Sharema is a 33-year old Belizean who has been a member of PETAL for the past four years and ...
2020

Belmopan Pride

A reflection on how visibility through Pride events impacts the lives of those who attend. Chris is a 31-year-old Belizean who started out with BYEC because ...

Self-Acceptance is a Wonderful Thing – Belize

Moving forward, accepting oneself and allowing others time to come to the same conclusion. Shaqeil is a a 27-year-old Belizean who has been involved with ...

Chale Wote Street Art Festival 2019 – Ghana

In August of 2019 the district of Jamestown in Accra, Ghana hosted the 9th annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival. Chale Wote is the largest street art festival ...
2020

Election of Miss and Mister IDAHOT 2019

This Story of Change shows how the trans movement, which is very recent in Burkina Faso, is rapidly gaining visibility and organizing events that create ...
2020

A Leader in the Making

Karl is a 29-year-old Belizean, born and raised in Belize. He went through a rough patch in his early years, getting into trouble which he describes as ...
2019

Coming Out in Belize

Kiki is a 24-year-old Belizean who came out three years ago to her mother. She comes from a deeply religious background and has a young son back from what ...

Finding Myself in Belize

Joshua is a 26-year-old Belizean who talks about his journey of coming to terms with who he is, his sexuality, his experiences with his family and how he ...

Building Self-Worth and Confidence in Ghana

This story is about three lesbian women from Ghana, who have both found self-worth and confidence in sticking up for their rights since joining the community ...
2019

Finding Solace in Ghana

This is a story about Sadat, a 23-year-old transwoman from Ghana who spoke about their experience being wrongly imprisoned and the process leading to their ...
2019