While similar increases in attacks against LGBTQIA+ communities are being reported by human rights organisations in other parts of the African continent, the escalation in Ethiopia is especially concerning due to the country’s religious history, current worsening socio-political climate, and growing nationalism.
The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023 undermines the comprehensive HIV response that has been successful in Uganda up to this point. The Act creates fear and stigmatization, making it difficult for marginalized communities, including LGBTQ+ individuals, to seek HIV testing, treatment, and care. By pushing these populations into the shadows, the Act significantly impedes efforts to achieve the 2030 HIV targets.
Speaking to Ugandan LGBTQ+ activist Kasha Jacquilne Nabageresa, this is what she had to say about Davis, “I have worked with Davis for so many years and one thing about him is that he is so development oriented. He doesn’t only concentrate on his activism but all round social activism. I have followed his journey to become a chief for years now. I actually envy that community because I wish it was happening in my own backyard.
Extra Pride was born out of the lack of diversity for different LGBTIQA+ identifying persons. For example the general Pride did not give platform to Black People, Indigenous People, People of Color and Transgender & Nonbinary People to either be part of organizing or perform and those that were asked to perform were severely underpaid in comparison to their white counterparts.