Ugandans hold gay pride rally

By Editorial Board - 9 August 2015 at 6:58 pm

Yesterday, Ugandan gay rights activists held a gay pride parade a year after the law requiring homosexuals in the country to be jailed for life was overturned.

The BBC reported that a person attending the rally hoped it would be a “step forward” for the country.

Many Ugandans still oppose gay rights and homosexuality but life imprisonment for “aggravated homosexuality” and the ban on the “promotion of homosexuality” legislation were annulled by the Ugandan supreme court last year.

Moses Kimbugwe, a person marching in support of gay rights, told the BBC that “it is about trying to show the wider community that violence, discrimination, harassment, stigma against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people is bad.

“So we are here to send a message to the wider population that we do exist, and we want rights like any other Ugandan.”

Richard Lusimbo, one of the organisers of the march, told AFP news agency that “for us, this is a celebration of who we are.”

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