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This year marked Uganda’s most successful pride ever, with no incidents of violence and a record number of attendees.

On Wednesday night, Pride Uganda kicked off the 2015 celebration with an opening cocktail reception. More than 160 people gathered from across the community to show their for LGBT Ugandans, including officials from the U.S. Embassy in Uganda. HRC was delighted to support this groundbreaking event as a partner.

The events after the opening reception were extremely well attended. Over 350 people attended a party on Friday night to honor Mr. & Ms. Pride. The next day, close to 400 marchers walked together along the parade’s longest route. The LGBT community was truly proud to walk this distance publicly without experiencing any violence. This was remarkable to many since the organization Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) documented a tenfold increase in violence against LGBT people. SMUG recorded 162 incidences of violence over the past year, including an attempted lynching, mob violence, blackmail, lost jobs, arrests, evictions and suicides.

Pride Uganda 2015 was especially important this year. This week marks one year since Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act was overturned on procedural grounds. 

“It was a true sense of celebration as this year's Pride week fell at the time when the community was celebrating one year since the law was nullified,” remarked Richard Lusimbo, Coordinator of Pride Uganda. “I want to attribute this success to the team work from the organizing committee and increased community interest in pride. An event this large could not have happened without our partners in Uganda and across the world.” 

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