human rights and sexual health training sessions held in Freetown for LGBTI youths

Edwin Bolaji Deen – Safer Sex Practices & HCT Services for LGBTI Youths

Pride Equality Sierra Leone specifically designed this project to minimize the high rate of homophobia, transphobia, and HIV stigmatization affecting LGBTQI young people in Freetown, Sierra Leone. This project will create the avenue for one hundred young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people to have free access to Voluntary Confidential Counseling and Testing (VCCT) Services so that they can determine/know their HIV/Status; it will also provide care and support for LGBTQI people who are HIV positive. This project will also raise awareness and teach young people about condom use and other sexually transmitted infections.

Pride Equality Sierra Leone will develop educational materials such as brochures, newsletters, posters, handbills and wall bills for young LGBTQI young people to acquire knowledge about preventive measures on HIV. They will conduct four capacity-building training workshops on safer sex practices for young LGBTQI people. They also intend to conduct media and community sensitization campaigns on HIV for young people, especially for LGBTQI. Pride Equality Sierra Leone will mobilize and lobby the Government of Sierra Leone and other key stakeholders by submitting position papers and consultative dialogues on the rights of LGBTQI people to access heath care facilities.

Pride Equality Sierra Leone will establish LGBTQI student networks and marginalized community groups to advocate for LGBTQI right to HCT services and information on HIV/AIDS. By monitoring and evaluating the project on a monthly basis Pride Equality Sierra Leone will be able to create a report with a sample of best practices on what worked well and what didn’t. Pride Equality Sierra Leone will gather experiences from young LGBTQI people in Sierra Leone.