Peacefully, LGBTI Ugandans celebrate 4th annual Pride

"We Are Family" was the theme of Uganda Pride 2015. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
“We Are Family” was the theme of Uganda Pride 2015. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Voice of America reported:

ENTEBBE, UGANDA— Uganda’s fourth annual gay pride parade took place Saturday in Entebbe, a risky venture in a country with a history of prosecuting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Ugandans, but many now say they are finding their voice.

Saturday’s celebrations on the shores of Lake Victoria in Entebbe were a lighthearted affair. Prominent members of the gay community were there and assured other participants police would offer protection.

In another sign that Uganda’s LGBT members are taking steps out into the open, events were also held in Kampala this year, including choosing a Mr. and Ms. Pride.

The Kuchu Times, an African LGBT media house that originated in Uganda and has members throughout East Africa, covered events.

Ambrose Barigye, media field officer for the organization, said, “Most of the times the Ugandan media has reported negatively about the Ugandan LGBT movement. … We so had a need to reclaim the media and tell our own stories. … So we call it Reclaiming the Media Project. … We tell the world this is who we are, these are the real stories. Nobody coming and telling the wrong story about us. …

Phiona Adebayo, a transgender man who won the title of Mr. Pride this year, said he believes, in time, things will change.

“I came out to show the world, to show Uganda that we are here to stay and we shall stay. Because we are born Ugandans and we should not go for asylum in other countries. This is our home country,” Adebayo said.

Participants say each year the Pride Parade has become bolder, taking longer routes and growing louder. They hope that one day it will no longer take place in Entebbe’s Botanical Gardens but on the streets of Kampala.

For more information, read the full article, “Uganda Celebrates Fourth Annual Pride Parade.”

 

 

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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