Artistic appeals for human rights of LGBTI Ugandans

Visual Arts is a way of communication, how we realize our full human potential, art is freedom of expression that represents Human engagement, to be able to be or become ourselves that we are independent Human beings, art is a voice it allows us to tell stories which Change minds and Perceptions, Arts gives us an opportunity to document quickly what is happening before it is distorted Art has allowed us to bring sexual and gender minority stories into the main stream community by discovering ourselves and projecting ourselves in the feature without fear but because in Arts we are stronger our voices are amplified and our message is clear.

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Unlawful arrests and detentions of LGBTI persons by police continue in Uganda, despite the nullification of the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014. (Artwork by Vincent Kyabayinze) Unlawful arrests and detentions of LGBTI persons continue in Uganda, despite the nullification of the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2014. (Artwork by Vincent Kyabayinze)

Ugandan artist Vincent Kyabayinze uses his artwork to appeal for respect for the human rights of LGBTI Ugandans.

As director of East African Visual Artists, an independent nonpartisan, human rights advocacy organization, he works to improve the visibility, dignity and rights of LGBTI, sex workers and people living with HIV and Aids. East African Visual Artists, founded in 2011, uses visual arts to advocate for human rights.

Some of Kyabayinze’s works have been exhibited at the Nomo Gallery. Others he created as information, education, and communication (IEC) tools in the fight against HIV/Aids.

These are some examples of his works.

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