Educating Through the Media

LGBT Voice Tanzania acts as both watchdog and advocate to the media, empowering real people to share their stories, while holding the media accountable for the words and images they present. As more Tanzanians see our stories in newspapers, on our website and social media sites, or in entertainment media, they will grow to respect and understand our community, paving the way to full equality.

Why are we so optimistic?
At LGBT Voice Tanzania, we believe that people are basically fair. When they see LGBT people and hear our stories, they will come to understand that this is about people just like them – their brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends – who deserve to be accepted, respected, and valued. LGBT Voice Tanzania will continue to bring this message to Tanzanians, in one newspaper article, one TV character, one story at a time.

LGBT Voice Tanzania reaches media insiders, but also impacts millions by uncovering and sharing the stories of hate crimes and injustices.

Educating Community Leadership

In Tanzania, widespread misinformation and misperception about homosexuality encourages oppression and violence towards those of us who are LGBT. The fear of rejection and isolation from family, community, employer, or school, along with the threat of imprisonment, causes many LGBT to keep their sexual orientation hidden. This leads to devastating consequences–not only for the individuals who do not access HIV-preventive education, contraception, testing, and care, but for the entire community.

We must educate and equip our community leaders to combat this cycle of blame and shame, and increase understanding and acceptance of homosexuality. In 2010, we organized training for more than 30 local leaders. Your support of our mission makes this education, and change, possible.

One voice makes a difference; our collective voices accelerate and sustain lasting change.