Uganda: Why celebrating Pride matters so much

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Celebrating at Uganda's first pride parade. (Photo courtesy of RachelAdamsPhotography.com) Celebrating at Uganda’s first pride parade. (Photo courtesy of RachelAdamsPhotography.com)

Ugandan anthropologist and activist Stella Nyanzi explores the meaning of the third annual Pride gathering, planned for Aug. 9 at an undisclosed location Uganda:

A prominent activist in the local LGBTIQ movement in Uganda asked me if our Pride activities show any pride. After all, we are ferried away in buses from the capital city to idyllic resorts far removed from the vast majority of public, we are few in number, some of us hide our faces behind masks, and we are discrete in our plans and proceedings.

« Is this pride, at all? » s/he asked me as s/he was explaining why s/he missed attending the first two annual pride events.

Police in Entebbe, Uganda, arrive at the Aug. 4 pride event, which they dispersed. (Photo by David Robinson) Police in Entebbe, Uganda, arrive at the August 2012 pride event, which they dispersed. (Photo by David Robinson)

Pride celebrations in Uganda are indeed pride events. The spectacle of…

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