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Uganda: Party-style Pride after victory in court

A hundred-plus people attended Uganda’s third annual Pride festivities, held yesterday on a beach in Entebbe.
The mood was celebratory, because the Constitutional Court had just overturned Uganda’s harsh Anti-Homosexuality Act on Aug. 1.

Pirate-style party-goers at Uganda Pride. (Photos courtesy of Facebook)
Pirate-style party-goers at Uganda Pride. (Photos courtesy of Facebook)

From Agence France-Presse:
Dancing and waving rainbow-coloured flags, Ugandan activists held their first gay pride rally Saturday since the overturning of a tough anti-homosexuality law, which authorities have appealed.
“This event is to bring us together. Everyone was in hiding before because of the anti-homosexuality law,” organiser Sandra Ntebi told AFP. “It is a happy day for all of us, getting together,” Ntebi said, noting that police had granted permission for the invitation-only “Uganda Pride” rally.
Uganda Pride showed that not all Ugandan Christians are homophobic. (Photo courtesy of Twitter via Gay Star News)
Uganda Pride showed that not all Ugandan Christians are homophobic. (Photo courtesy of Twitter via Gay Star News)

From The Guardian:
Gay men and women face frequent harassment and threats of violence, but activists celebrated openly on Saturday.
“Since I discovered I was gay I feared coming out, but now I have the courage after the law was thrown out,” said Alex Musoke, one of more than 100 people at the event.
One pair of activists waved a rainbow flag with a slogan appealing for people to “join hands” to end the “genocide” of homosexuals. There were few police in attendance and no protestors.
Celebrating Pride Uganda. (Photo courtesy of Twitter and PinkDotSG)
Celebrating Pride Uganda. (Photo courtesy of Twitter and PinkDotSG)

From the Associated Press:
Although organizers had expected more than 500 people to attend the event, fewer than 200 turned up, said gay activist Moses Kimbugwe, who noted that many were afraid of possible violence following a court’s decision earlier this month to jettison an anti-gay law that had wide support among Ugandans.
“We are here to walk for those who can’t walk, who are afraid to walk,” said Kimbugwe. “We are here to celebrate our rights.”
Uganda Beach PrideFrom Frank Mugisha, leader of Sexual Minorities Uganda, on Twitter:
Pride Uganda 2014 successfully concluded. Thanx to Uganda Police, especially Entebbe police.
Thank you, all my friends who supported Uganda Pride.
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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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