LGBT people in Uganda survive farming and producing wine

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Uganda is an African country with very strict and conservative law. Being LGBT is unwelcomed (mildly speaking), so it is very hard for such people to find the job, no one wants to hire them. That is why the only way for LGBT people in this country to survive is to work on themselves.

Rainbow Mirrors, which operates in central Uganda, was launched in summer 2015. The group’s executive director, Abdul Jamal, aka hajjati, says that most in the group identify as transgender. It also seeks to help people with HIV – a significant problem in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Besides acting as a support network, Rainbow Mirrors organized a performance event for members last December. A second performance, Slaved Up, is already in production for this December. The group has recently been training some of its members in wine production. It unveiled its first bottles of wine in June. The scales of production are rather small now (the group wanted to provide wine for the Pride march in the country, but it was canceled), so now they are fighting for a farmland

The farm has six acres of land and we are growing grapes for wine production, and we also have agricultural projects – such as coffee – to try and generate income. We have around 25 members who work on the farm at the moment on weekends. The land was acquired by me from my family, who understand about my gender and identity.’ the founders say.

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