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Friday, August 7, 2015

#Uganda celebrates #GayPride this weekend after law was scrapped! #HNNGayvoices

Participants in the annual gay pride in Entebbe on August 9, 2014.
Uganda's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) community is preparing for its annual gay pride parade, taking place on Saturday 8 August. This year's event has special significance -- it's been a year since the controversial anti-gay law was scrapped.

Pride parades are held all over the world and are an opportunity for the LGBTI community to come together and raise awareness of their rights -- and Uganda has been no different.

The inaugural gay pride march was held in the city of Entebbe, some 20 miles south of the capital Kampala, in 2012. That was also the year the anti-homosexuality bill was tabled. "Organizing pride at that point was an act of defiance," explains Neela Ghoshal, senior researcher on the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch. "It was the LGBTI community saying: 'We are here and we are not going away.'"

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