By: Ruth Muganzi
After weeks of expectancy from the community, the organisers of the 2015 Uganda Pride have finally released the official program for the week long event. This year’s Pride which is scheduled for 5th-9th August will kick off with a cocktail which will serve as the official meet and greet session for community members as well as the acknowledgement of the Pride coordinating team.
The following day, Thursday August 6th will be the health talk and trans awareness day where several medical workers will address the health issues affecting the community. The second day will be crowded with a movie that the organisers swear leave the attendees mesmerized.
Friday 7th August is the long awaited Mr and Miss Pride pageant which will see new people ascend the prestigious thrones. The highlight of the festivities will be Saturday 8th August t which will consist of the Pride parade, exhibitions and showcasing of works by different organisations and individuals, entertainment and beach games. The partying will go on till the wee hours of the night.
The last day will crown the 2015 Pride with a daylong party as the community kicks back, relaxes and basks in yet another Pride that celebrates diversity, equality and humanity.
We are still calling upon friends and all well-wishers to contribute towards the organization through provision of pride goodies or funds,” Richard Lusimbo, Chief Coordinator of Pride 2015 said of the event whose theme is “We are Family.”
The community is excites about the annual event and we talked to a few who expressed their anxiety and anticipation for Pride 2015.
“I am happy to be a part of Pride 2015 because we are indeed a family. They can pass all the bills they want but they can never take away our pride. They can chase us around but our smiles shall remain,” Luclay Lovesongs said.
“I am happy to be a part of this wonderful family; it’s been quite a journey for me because my activism started in a joking way. All in all, it is priceless to know that I matter,” Ritah M Springkiss remarked.
“I am happy to be a part of Pride Uganda 2015 because this is the time we show the world especially Uganda and we always stick together no matter what. We have to raise our flags high and keep strong because that is who we are. And yes, we are FAMILY!,”Nazizi said of this year’s Pride parade.