Secret LGBTQ pride event held in Uganda after official event suppressed

Activists in Uganda held a secret Pride celebration after the official event was cancelled for the second year in a row.

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Pride Uganda was supposed to take place on August 16 but the location was surrounded by police and the decision was made by advocates to suspend the event for the protection of would-be attendees, talkradio.co.uk reports.

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This led to activists running their own Pride event on Sunday (August 20). It was organised by Petter Wallenberg, who is the founder of Rainbow Riots, a Swedish Ugandan group which works with LGBTQ people in dangerous countries.

He told Washington Blade: “If we hadn’t managed to somehow get a triumphant ending to an otherwise very sad week, it would have left me feeling a bit traumatised

Photo by Benson Kua [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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