Uganda Stages First Gay Pride Since ‘Kill the Gays’ Bill’ Invalidated
By Alex Panisch
Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera is the founder of Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG) | Photography by Evan Abramson for American Jewish World Service
With the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act (a.k.a. the “Kill the Gays” bill) quashed by a Ugandan court, roughly 200 queer Ugandans and their supporters came out to celebrate the ruling in the first public pride event since the August 1 decision.
The pride parade took place on beach by the lake-side city of Entebbe, 25 miles south of the country’s capital, Kampala, and moved to.
Though it was a joyous occasion, The New York Times reports that many marchers wore masks, because they did not want to be publicly identified. Ugandan newspapers have become voracious about exposing gays and lesbians. Saturday’s parade was the country’s third annual gay pride event. The first, in 2012, was marred by violence when the police tried to break it up. Marchers received police protection for saturday’s march.