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Criminalizing LGBT People: The African Case

James Robert Ndhote a

Getrude Nalutaya a

[a]Uganda Prisoners' Aid Foundation, UGANDA

ugandaprisonersaidfoundation@gmail.com

Hate crime is a broad term used to describe harassment and/or abuse against an individual or a group, intended to hurt and intimidate someone because of his/her race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Call it "the violence of bigotry." The theme above was picked to highlight the violations of human values the LGBT people undergo, which is very common in most communities in Africa, Uganda ranging among the top of the list. Most African communities have deliberately refused to accept that life is about freedom of credence and penchant for one to take. This has resulted in the discrimination and unnecessary criminalizing of a number of people in the name of culture and family values. Many African governments have struggled for all these recent years to put in place unbecoming laws in pursuit of suffocating the fastest growing number of the LGBT people. Even before the new laws are put in place, courts of law in various African countries have acted callously as they handle the cases involving this innocent minority group. The study conducted in some prisons and police cells in Uganda show that LGBT people are at high risks according to both physical and mental torture they go through. Some of these tortures are carried out by their fellow inmates, a clear indication that most LGBT people in Africa live in communities already smudged with hate. Most lawyers too are sway in that they fail to represent these people, at court proceedings, leaving these innocents to be vulnerable. Given the above information, we feel that whenever the opportunity arises such abuses have to be brought to light and we can successfully do so by inventing ways of how safe and fast to do so in order to save those many rotting in prisons. One of the avenues to reach our goal is to have open discussions and come up with robust plans.

Uganda Prisoners` Aid Foundation (UPAF).

Psicologias e Diversidades Sexuais e de Géneros: A Urgência de Críticas Ampliadas no Território Brasileiro

Wiliam Siqueira Peres a

[a]Departamento de Psicologia Clínica e Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia, Universidade Estadual Paulista - UNESP/Assis, BRAZIL

pereswiliam@gmail.com

A proposta desta mesa é problematizar a relação das práticas em Psicologia no Brasil e a emergência de expressões sexuais e de géneros nas suas interfaces com outras categorias de análises, tais como, classe social, raça/cor, orientação sexual, geração, estilos de vida. Também tem como objetivo problematizar a respeito das epistemologias e metodologias utilizadas pelas práticas da Psicologia e suas intercessões políticas e emancipatórias implicadas com a defesa dos direitos sexuais e humanos, a defesa de um estado laico de direitos e a positivação das diferenças. Tais problematizações buscam criar e potencializar espaços para que a Psicologia faça conexões com outros saberes e políticas emancipatórias que tomem a vida como valor maior e se distancie dos sistemas binários e universalistas que reduzem os sujeitos a uma unidade, promovendo e potencializando o direito fundamental à singularidade e o engendramento de processos de subjetivação que tomam os seres humanos como seres múltiplos, descontínuos e diversos, rompendo com os sistemas classificatórios, curativos e reducionistas e promovendo a emergência de uma Psicologia Política comprometida com seu tempo.

Psicologia e Diversidade Sexual: Análise de Conjuntura e Desafios no Brasil

Sandra Elena Sposito a

Fernando Silva Teixeira Filho a

[a]UNESP/Assis, BRAZIL

A Psicologia no Brasil - ciência e profissão - tornou-se alvo de questionamentos e de ações para modificar o paradigma da homossexualidade: que não é doença, nem transtorno mental, logo não pode ser tratada como tal pelo(a) psicólogo(a) e nem deve ser modificada enquanto condição de vida. …

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