It is with very heavy hearts and deep-felt sadness that we announce the cancellation of Pride Uganda 2017. Following the Police raid and interruption of the Pride parade last year, extra precaution was taken in organising this year’s festival.
Apako Williams the Coordinator of Tranz Network Uganda informed the gathering that transgender persons in Uganda continue to live in an environment full of hate and stigma and are regarded by many as the face of homosexuality. Tranz Network Uganda hopes that that the outcomes of such dialogues will help policy makers to plan effectively for transgender people across the country.
The evening session was the Mr and Miss Pride pageant, that was well attended as hundreds came out to see the community crown a new king and queen. The transgender women looked magnificent in their heels, well done hair and polished nails. The contestants were excited as each had high hopes of taking the crown home and the community was there to cheer them on.
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.
What is UNESO?
UNESO is an umbrella network for all sex worker led organisations and it represents the needs of all sex workers operating in Uganda inspite of their sexual orientation, gender identity, origin, race or nationality. The network’s major goal is to see sex work decriminalised in Uganda and to create a safer and friendlier environment for sex workers.
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.