Strong LGBTI communities

Strong communities start when front liners take action and bring individuals together. Communities start as small-scale social events and are often based on positive drivers: contact, entertainment or a shared interest. Creating a safe space is essential in starting communities.

How do we think this works? Here are a few of our assumptions:
“The context determines SOGIE (sexual orientation and gender identity and expression) issues; local LGBTI people know best how to discuss these issues” (Letter K in the graphic below)
“Becoming part of a community provides people with social support networks and coping mechanisms” (Letter L in the graphic below)

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 ...
2020

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

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 ...

Empowering Self and Community in Belize

This Story of Change centres on Manny, a gay man and drag performer from Belmopan, Belize. His story explains the importance of breaking the silence brought ...
2019

Making Space in Malawi for Rainbow Voices

LITE was established in 2016 and registered in 2018. It started by conducting needs assessments with lesbian, trans and intersex community people in Malawi ...
2019

Safety Training for LGBTIQ People in Malawi

Human rights activists in particular LGBTI activists are not safe in Malawi. Although the LGBTI movement has grown significantly in Malawi, it does not ...

The East African Transgender Movement

The EATHAN network of transgender organisations has been developing from an initiative, and idea in 2015 to a stronger, unified network of 18 organisations ...
2019

Celebrating Lesbian Visibility Day in Bobo Dioulasso

In a context where LBQ women are invisible and threatened by the majority of Burkinabe society, it is a challenge to gather and be visible. Most LBQ women ...
2019