LGBT Ugandans Hold Pride Parade In the Wake of Anti-gay Law’s Invalidation

Screen Shot 2014-08-09 at 10.10.53 AMOn Saturday, Uganda's LGBT and ally community marched through the lakeside town of Entebbe – the third annual gay pride celebration and the first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated the country's Anti-Homosexuality Act last week. 

The AP reports:

About 200 people are expected to attend the event, said Ugandan gay activist Moses Kimbugwe. He said participants were waiting for police protection before they marched through sprawling botanical gardens in Entebbe, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the capital of Kampala.

Many marchers wore masks, signaling they did not want to be publicly identified in a country where homosexuals face discrimination. Others waved rainbow flags as they danced and frolicked on a sandy beach.

Pictured right is prominent gay-rights activist Frank Mugisha and other pride goers.

On Wednesday, more than 100 members of country's parliament pledged to bypass rules of procedure and swiftly reinstate the anti-gay law. 

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  1. Amir says

    Really glad to hear about this. I had the pleasure to meet some wonderful gay African human rights activists a few months ago and although they face great obstacles in their home countries, they definitely didn’t seem like the types to lose hope and give up. If they can do it, we can do it.

  2. gregorybrown says

    Typical of politicians–they ignored quorum requirement to pass the law in the first place; now that the court demonstrated correct legal understanding by invalidating the thing, the pols are eager to “ignore rules of procedure ” to pass it again. They know that they are playing to a homo-hating crowd whipped up and manipulated by some of the sleaziest American trained and back “evangelicals” in league with retrograde Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops.

    Yes, it takes courage for folks to go out in public to assert heir right as humans when they know that a powerful renewed assault is likely to come.

  3. ny2.0 says

    The ignoring of quorum requirements is a stunt you would expect from conservative Republicans here in America. So typical of religious bigots to use any means to discriminate.

    I applaud Uganda’s LGBT community, courage under oppression.

  4. Leman says

    Gee, where are all the “bold” people who march in the SF, LA and NYC Pride parades? Why didn’t any of them go over to Kampala and participate, wearing heir leather jockstraps or Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence outfits? Where is their pride? Of course, those hypersexualized people who parade about in the US are nothing but libertines and attention whores. They care nothing for the people of Uganda any more than they care about equal rights for gays in the US.

  5. Cassete says


    You miss the point entirely. Every country and its citizens have to make their own choice on the side of liberty and democracy. It should be lauded the fact that this pride parade was not overwhelmed with westerners.

    Also, get f*cked.

  6. says

    My wife and I are the owners of Studio Taniwha ( We provide a high-end, first class, luxury wedding and honeymoon package in New Zealand which celebrates love between two consenting adults – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Straight, and otherwise. All couples are invited to enjoy our non-religious services and will be treated as equal because that is your human right. We are proud that LGBT couples are welcomed in New Zealand, they are human and they need to be loved, just like everyone else does.

    Humans have a limited lifespan. Do we really want to waste that time by going out of our way to be unnecessarily mean to people who just want to live like everyone else? With all the troubles that exists in the world, are we really going to expend effort, energy and resources that could be better spent addressing REAL problems, in denying strangers their share of joy and happiness in life?

    We are social creatures. We draw strength and comfort from each other, so that humanity as a collective tribe can grow and prosper. When two people are able to find solace from the day-to-day hardships that we all have to cope with, in the refuge of each other’s arms, the rest of us need to acknowledge that this is an occasion for joy and celebration. Even if it is in the selfish recognition that as a community, we all benefit and become stronger.

    I want LGBT Ugandan couples to come and be married in New Zealand because they want to experience the beauty of my country, rather than because they are not welcomed in their own homes. Please do not drive your daughters and sons to me with fear and hatred, instead let them come freely, as valued and respected fellow human beings and proud Ugandans

    Respectfully yours,
    Leron H. Gittens-Arnold

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