Uganda gays holding pride parade

2014-08-09 15:01
A transgender Ugandan poses in front of a rainbow flag during the 3rd Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda. (Rebecca Vassie, AP)

A transgender Ugandan poses in front of a rainbow flag during the 3rd Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda. (Rebecca Vassie, AP)

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Entebbe - Scores of Ugandan homosexuals and their supporters are holding a gay pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe.

The parade is their first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated an anti-gay law that was widely condemned by some Western governments and human rights watchdogs.

Ugandan gay activist Moses Kimbugwe said about 200 people are expected to attend the event. He said participants were waiting for police protection before they marched through sprawling botanical gardens in Entebbe, about 40km from the capital of Kampala.

Many marchers wore masks, signalling they did not want to be publicly identified in a country where homosexuals face discrimination. Others waved rainbow flags as they danced and frolicked on a sandy beach.

Read more on:    uganda  |  east africa  |  gay rights

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