managed by W. James
For 2 years WEZESHA has worked to amplify the voices of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. WEZESHA is the leading organization that works directly with the news, entertainment, and social media to ensure that our stories are heard - because as people get to know the LGBTI community they come to understand that we simply seek and deserve the same things all Tanzanians do: to take care of each other and our families, to have good jobs, to support our neighborhoods and to publicly serve our local, national, and religious communities.
WEZESHA serves as a storyteller, watchdog, and advocate - empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping LGBTI groups communicate effectively. WEZESHA staff and volunteers are both increasing the presence and change the way LGBTI people are portrayed on the screen and in the news. As more Tanzanian will see our stories in news or in entertainment media, they grow to respect and understand our community, paving the way for full equality.
WEZESHA is not only reaching media insiders, but is also impacting millions by raising awareness of the dangers of anti-LGBT defamation and the need for LGBTI-inclusive laws through sharing the stories of: the hate-motivated actions.
At WEZESHA, we believe that people are fair, and when they see LGBT people, when they 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. WEZESHA will continue to bring this message to Tanzanians, in one newspaper article, one TV character, one story at a time.