Stop ignoring us, say young LGBTIQ Africans

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UHAI EASHRI, the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative, is the sponsor of the Changing Faces Changing Spaces conference. UHAI EASHRI, the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative, is the sponsor of the Changing Faces Changing Spaces conference.

At the Changing Faces Changing Spaces conference June 17 to 19 in Kenya, young LGBTIQ activists protested that they were often ignored by the LGBTIQ movement and left out of strategic decisions.

They called for an end to attitudes that have “silenced the voices of young LGBTIQ Africans in the struggle for LGBTIQ rights in the continent.”

During the conference, the young activists convened a parallel meeting at which they asked that their contributions be recognized and that they be given a greater role in decision-making in the struggle.

The African Queer Youth Initiative (queeryouthia@gmail.com) issued this statement:

African LGBTIQ Youth Statement

On the 18th and 19th of June 2015, young African lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) activists attending the Fifth Changing Faces Changing Spaces conference in…

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