Last week in the Ugandan city of Entebbe, LGBT activist staged the country’s first Pride Parade. According to The New Yorker, nearly a hundred people came out, despite threats of arrest and safety concerns, to celebrate.
The crowd was decorated in glitter, paint, rainbow flags, and more as they marched. The event also showed that it is not completely “hell for gays” as the media has portrayed it to be, the Ugandans were tired of hearing a story that ignored experiences of joy. Uganda’s Pride was a weekend-long event, made up of film screenings, a drag fashion show, and all-night parties.
“We couldn’t have done this kind of thing two years ago, and for those that were here back then, they almost can’t believe things are safer and better now,” a trans woman named Cleo said. The first two days of Pride went off without a hitch, and more people showed up for the evening festivities.
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