His visit saw him record an album featuring many Ugandan queer voices. The album dubbed Rainbow Riots was last week officially premiered during Stockholm Pride and some of the Ugandan voices that appear on the musical recording were in attendance.
The evening session dubbed Lesbian and Bisexual night was held in one of the posh clubs around town; for a change, LGBTI persons gathered in one place, let loose, danced and partied the night away. The mood was ecstatic, the partiers energized; it was a night that will live in the memories of those in attendance for quite a while. For one night, all troubles faded away, issues of class and status were thrown out the window and Uganda’s gender and sexual minorities merged as one.
On this very date (2nd August) last year, Pride Uganda kicked off the one-week festival with an opening gala at one of Kampala’s upscale hotels. The gala was attended by several community members, organisation heads, delegates from various foreign missions as well as representatives of different partners.
First of all, I can barely believe how much the movement has grown; one of the biggest challenges we have always faced is the wide spread lie that activists are out to recruit people into homosexuality. I did not think that so many people would be brave enough to embrace who they are with such negativity surrounding us.