Roughly 70 people attended a Gay Pride
march in Kampala, Uganda on Saturday.
According to Reuters, the location of
the celebration – a secluded beach in Entebbe, on Lake Victoria
outside Kampala – was kept a secret until the last minute due to
Revelers waved rainbow flags and
banners as they marched a short distance.
One banner read, “I have a
relationship with Jesus and I'm gay.”
The event comes roughly a year after a
constitutional court threw out on a technicality one of the harshest
anti-gay laws on the continent. But the victory might be short lived
as opponents have vowed to introduce a new bill.
“[The event] is about trying to show
the wider community that violence, discrimination, harassment, stigma
against LGBT people is bad,” activist Moses Kimbugwe told
Activist Sandra Ntebi questioned the
need to hold the march in a secluded location.
“Who am I showing that I'm proud,
because we are celebrating to our own selves,” she said.
Another marcher, identified only by her
first name, Mariam, said she would “never ever” come out to her
parents or friends. “They would denounce me,” she said.