LGBT activists demand more attention to monkeypox in Mexico, and Uganda almost canceled a music festival for promoting "gays."
LGBT Activists Seek Attention To Monkeypox In Mexico
Gay and bisexual men are disproportionately affected by monkeypox infections, according to groups of men from the LGBT community in Latin America who are preparing a statement to the authorities. They will argue that not enough has been done to prevent the disease while infections are rising overall.
Leaders of several LGBT organizations resolved to draft the Mexico Declaration on Monkeypox during the Conference on Health, Human Rights, and Care for Gay Men in Latin America and the Caribbean, with assistance from UNAIDS and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
According to a statement from Aids Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and Vallart Daily, a nonprofit organization that provides medications to people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, the issue the community is facing is that "most governments are not implementing forceful actions to prevent [monkeypox], diagnose it in a timely manner, notify the public, stop it, and provide information."
Uganda Dance Music Festival Cleared To Go After Concerns It Promotes 'Gays'
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After trying to forbid it because it was "promoting gays" in the nation, members of parliament were successful in allowing one of East Africa's most well-known music festivals to go.
According to Ugandan Prime Minister Robina Nabbanja, the Nyege Nyege festival will now take place the next week but under "tight guidelines."
"[Nyege Nyege] will go on but under strict guidelines. It attracts thousands of foreign tourists; we can't miss out on this opportunity at a time when the country is recovering from the effects of COVID-19," Nabbanja said at a meeting of stakeholders, including the organizers, according to CNN.
It will be the first festival in three years due to the pandemic after the four-day event. Nyege Nyege, while loosely translating to urge in the official language of Luganda, also implies horny in Swahili, a language widely used in the area.