Monday, 3 July 2017

MARPS in Uganda Timeline 2004-2017

Our timeline:
On January 20th 2004, six days before the NRM day. We came up with an organization to help look after disowned LGBT. Little did we know we would become MARPS in Uganda.
2004-2005
1. We are invited to join Icebreakers and SMUG.
2. We get a small three-bedroom house, we use it as a resource center and clinic eventually.
3. We had our first eviction from the house we used as our resource center toward the end of 2005 for allowing LGBTIQQ to "offend" the neighbourhood.
4. We moved to another location and by December 1st World AIDS Day, we had 23 LGBT-living with HIV.

2006-2008
1. We continued with our work around self determination of LGBTIQQ
2. We were part of other organizations (FARUG, Good Samaritan, Icebreakers, KULHAS, Spectrum) which "stormed" an HIV conference in Kampala and demanded for LGBTIQQ issues to be included in HIV Planning.
3. We were part of the organizations that picketed at the Centenary Park near Hotel Africana during the "CHOGM" conference and demanded for repealing of laws that stigmatized and discriminated against LGBTIQQ, Sex-workers, People living with HIV and MARPs.
4. We approached some religious organizations that preached hate and we talked about how this was dangerous.
5. We attended the first Anti-Gay conference organized by a section of the Religious Civil Society and we sought an audience to speak about sexuality, orientation, gender, identity and health.
6. Documented abuses and HIV cases among LGBTIQQ Community
7. We designed the first ever mental health/Public Health Strategic Plan addressing LGBTIQQ persons.

2009-2011
1. The passing of the Anti-homosexuality Act
2. The passing of the Amended Equal Opportunities Act
3. Chaos, hate, beatings, evictions, more HIV/STI cases among LGBTIQQ
4. Identified health facilities ready to provide ARVs to our beneficiaries
5. Continued our backpack method of community home visits

2012-2014
1. After effects of Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA)
2. Repealing of AHA successful
3. Increased hate-related abuses toward LGBTIQQ
4. Most of our clients died due to lynching, AIDS and suicide
5. Increased displacement, abandonment and disowning of LGBTIQQ by parents or relatives
6. Asylum and Refugee paths
7. Continued our backpack method of community home visits

2015-2017
1. Evictions
2. Backpack, Foot and motorbike community health care services
3. Working out of a car
4. Working out of a 1 bedroom house
5. Linking over 200 LGBT-living with HIV to care
6. Continued our backpack method of community home visits
7. Increased displacement, abandonment and disowning of LGBTIQQ by parents or relatives
8. New LGBT-living with HIV cases
9. Online Counselling


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