Partners in Pride

Join the movement to champion health and human rights for LGBTIQ communities in sub-Saharan Africa

Stigma, discrimination and violence against LGBTIQ communities create dangerous barriers to healthcare and social services, including HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. Run by and for LGBTIQ communities, SLF partner organizations build hope and solidarity while providing access to HIV services, legal services, and psychosocial support. These human rights defenders are at the forefront of a global movement for LGBTIQ rights.

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Join Partners in Pride and help to raise $3 million by 2023, so our LGBTIQ partners in sub‑Saharan Africa can:

  • Reach 100,000 individuals annually
  • Protect health and human rights
  • Strengthen the pan‑African LGBTIQ human rights movement
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Pepe Julian Onziema, SMUG
Pepe Julian Onziema, a human rights defender based in Uganda and Program Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), speaks to media after armed police shut down an event on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). Photo provided by SMUG.
HOYMAS meeting
A team planning meeting at Health Options for Young Men on HIV, AIDS & STIs (HOYMAS), based in Kenya. Photo provided by HOYMAS.
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Freedom and Roam Uganda continue their vital work, including peer support, community outreach and advocacy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo provided by FARUG.
IBU Clinic Manager
Improving access to healthcare, including HIV prevention and treatment is an important service provided by staff and volunteers at Icebreakers Uganda (IBU), especially during lockdowns and restrictions to movement enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo provided by IBU.
IBU Frontliners Team
Through advocacy, visibility, and delivering services and supplies, these ‘frontliners’ at Icebreakers Uganda (IBU) reach community members who may not otherwise be able to access the supports they need to stay safe, be healthy, and thrive. Photo provided by IBU.
Well-ness Retreat FARUG
Working against a backdrop of violence, discrimination and stigma, mental health and well-ness strategies help improve safety and sustainability for staff and volunteers of LGBTIQ organizations run by and for their communities. Photo provided by FARUG.

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Pepe Julian Onziema, Ugandan LGBTIQ human rights defender and Program Director, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) speaks about the power of solidarity in the face of violence, discrimination and stigma.

Donate to support Partners in Pride

Act in solidarity with activists and organizations in sub‑Saharan Africa, and support Partners in Pride to champion health and human rights for LGBTIQ communities.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation is a member of the Dignity Network, a network of Canadian organizations interested in human rights for LGBTIQ communities around the globe. To launch Partners in Pride, the Stephen Lewis Foundation is pleased to have received the generous pro-bono support of the Toronto-based communications firm, Navigator.