What We Do

LGBT Voice Tanzania provides a wide range of services to support the LGBTQ+ community in Tanzania.

We believe in a fair and equal society where all LGBTQ+ people can achieve their full potential. Our work is as vital and urgent as ever. The LGBTQ+ community still faces health inequalities, persecution and discrimination. Through our services we reduce isolation amongst our communities, help people feel safe, confident and in control of their lives, and enable people to flourish.

Every year we give a voice, provide help and offer hope to 200 people. We work in partnership with others to build strong, cohesive and acceptable LGBTQ+ communities and promote attitude change in our society. Our services and activities include: a range of support groups; legal aid, face-to-face counselling; a sexual health program, a substance-misuse project; security training; a range of guides and resources; a national website; Trauma counselling ; temporary shelter  and emergency support;  and policy advocacy.

1. Political Advocacy

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Through the following political work for LGBT human rights in Tanzania, we seek to improve the understanding and recognition of an inclusive and diverse perception of gender identity and sexual orientation:

• Protecting and promoting LGBT’s human rights. We advocate for recognition, acceptance, respect and protection of LGBTQ+ people as guaranteed in Tanzania’s constitution.

• Mobilization of support for LGBT’s rights at grassroots level through networking and empowerment of community based organizations (CBOs).

• Monitoring policies and legislation that infringe upon LGBTQ+ human rights, and sharing that information with the global community.

• Establishing community networks to promote and advocate for LGBT’s human rights.

• Training in leadership and advocacy for public advocates on LGBTQ+’s human rights. We educate local leaders and influential people on how to combat anti-LGBT ignorance and prejudice. Everyone needs to know LGBTQ+ are normal people, not dangerous and immoral.

• Eradication of discrimination and violations of LGBT rights through legal and policy reform. One of our greatest goals is to repeal the penal code (section 154) that criminalizes homosexuality.

2. Health Care Access

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Have you, or has a member of your family, ever been seriously ill? Imagine, for a moment, the pain and frustration of being refused treatment at a hospital or clinic, simply because of who you are.

Millions LGBTQIA+  people in Tanzania do not have access to quality health services, including HIV prevention, treatment care, and support, due to prejudice based on gender identity and sexual orientation. Denying health care access in Tanzania, including HIV prevention and treatment, is simply unjust.

Mental Health and Wellbeing 

It isn’t always easy to know what constitutes as trauma in a true psychological sense, but it’s typically defined as a sudden, expected event that is life threatening in nature of someone.

LGBTQIA+ people impacted by unjust arrests, detention and torture in Tanzania need mental health and wellbeing to rebuild their lives because trauma have very negative and distressing effects on  their families, relationships, work and career, and quality of life.

That’s why LGBT Voice Tanzania plays a major role of providing   free trauma-informed care to individuals impacted by unjust arrests, detention and torture to help them cope with the emotional response caused by traumatic incidents they experienced

This is the only way we can help and ensure that LGBT people access free quality health services.

3. Crisis Aid/ Emergency Support

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When a person is evicted from his or her dwelling by a landlord simply because of anti-LGBTQ+ prejudice, we negotiate with the landlord for additional time, so that we can help the person find new accommodations, or provide a temporary shelter for those who are in need.

When parents or relatives throw a person out of their home for who they are, we help them find a new place to live and avoid homelessness.

When a LGBT student is expelled from school for discriminatory reasons, we help them obtain private classes and sit for their exams as private candidates. Without our intervention, these bright young people would not complete their education.

4. Free Legal Aid

LGBTQ+ persons in Tanzania constantly face stigma and discrimination, harassment and arbitrary arrests, alienation from family and faith, and lack of access to social services including health, justice, housing, education, and dignified livelihoods.

LGBT Voice Tanzania hires lawyers who provides free legal Aid to LGBTQ+ people who are victims of unjust arrest, torture, detention and violence.

Our lawyers help file claims and attempt to gain compensation for employees who were fired from their jobs solely because of anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination.

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