Prague Pride 2014, August 16, 2014.

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Uganda gay pride party after anti-homosexual law is overturned

Entebbe (Uganda) (AFP) - Dancing and waving rainbow-coloured flags, Ugandan activists held their first gay pride rally Saturday since the overturning of a tough anti-homosexuality law, which authorities have appealed. ”This event is to bring us together. Everyone was in hiding before because of the anti-homosexuality law,” organiser Sandra Ntebi told AFP. "It is a happy day for all of us, getting together,” Ntebi said, noting that police had granted permission for the invitation-only “Uganda Pride” rally. The overturned law, condemned as “abominable” by rights groups but popular among many Ugandans, called for proven homosexuals to be jailed for life.

The constitutional court threw it out on a technicality on August 1, six months after it took effect, and the government swiftly filed an appeal, while lawmakers have signed a petition for a new vote on the bill.

Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, punishable by a jail sentence. But it is no longer illegal to promote homosexuality, and Ugandans are no longer obliged to denounce gays to the authorities

Amid music and laughter, activists gathered at botanical gardens on the shores of Lake Victoria, barely a kilometre (half a mile) from the presidential palace at Entebbe, a key town some 35 kilometres from the capital Kampala. ”Some Ugandans are gay. Get over it,” read one sticker a man had pasted onto his face. - ‘Now I have the courage’ -

Ugandan Deputy Attorney General Fred Ruhinda said Saturday that state lawyers had lodged an appeal against the ruling at the Supreme Court, the country’s highest court.

"We are unsatisfied with the court ruling," Ruhinda told AFP. "The law was not intended to victimise gay people, it was for the common good." In their surprise ruling last week, judges said it had been passed without the necessary quorum of lawmakers in parliament. Rights groups said the law triggered a sharp increase in arrests and assaults on members of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Homophobia is widespread in Uganda, where American-style evangelical Christianity is on the rise. Gay men and women face frequent harassment and threats of violence. On Saturday, however, activists celebrated openly.

"Since I discovered I was gay I feared coming out, but now I have the courage after the law was thrown out," Alex Musoke told AFP, one of more than 100 people at the event. One pair of activists waved a rainbow flag with a slogan appealing for people to “join hands” to end the “genocide” of homosexuals. Some wore masks for fear of being identified — Uganda’s tabloid newspapers have previously printed photographs of prominent activists — while others showed their faces openly and wore colourful fancy dress. But activist Pepe Onziema said he and his colleagues would not rest until they were sure the law was gone for good. ”Uganda is giving a bad example, not only to the region but to the world, by insisting on this law,” he said.

"We are Africans, we want to show an African struggle by civil society."

There was little police presence, and no one came to protest the celebration, even if many in the town said they did not approve."This is unbelievable, I can’t imagine being a gay," said motorbike taxi driver William Kamurasi in disgust."It’s a shame to Uganda. Police must stop these activities of the gays."

- Lawmakers demand new vote -

Critics said President Yoweri Museveni signed the law to win domestic support ahead of a presidential election set for 2016, which will be his 30th year in power. But it lost him friends abroad, with several international donors freezing or redirecting millions of dollars of government aid, saying the country had violated human rights and democratic principles.

US Secretary of State John Kerry likened the law to anti-Semitic legislation in Nazi Germany.

Analysts suggest that Museveni secretly encouraged last week’s court ruling as it provided a way to avoid the appearance of caving in to foreign pressure. But gay rights activists warn the battle is not over.

Lawmakers signed a petition calling for a new vote on the bill, and to bypass parliamentary rules that require it be formally reintroduced from scratch — a process that could take years.

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Anonymous asked: “Hello. I have come out as lesbian to all of my friends. I have yet to come out to my parents. And within the time that I have told my friends I became pretty sure that I was only 20% straight. I don't know how I should tell my parents.”

It is better to test out the water before coming out to have some idea on how they may react. If positive, then you can probably come out too and it will be fine. If not, consider possible outcomes of coming out and consider postponing coming out if it might jeopardize your situation.

If you are certain on coming out, it is always a good idea to have a backup plan and when it comes to how to tell them, it is up to you. You can have face-to-face talk, you can write letter, in a way you feel more comfortable with expressing yourself.

Hope this helps.

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Anonymous asked: “recently I've finally started to accept my sexuality, and I came out to my best friend today. thank you so much”

If I was able to provide help and to inspire you, then I am the happiest, anon. Thank you and best wishes.

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Anonymous asked: “Hi, I'm a 16 yo girl and I'm bisexual. I've had boyfriends before and I just recently was in a relationship with a girl, but I was too scared to tell anyone. We fooled around a few times and I'm attracted to boys and girls. My family's full of religious extremists and they'd try to "cure me" if they found out, and they'd definitely want nothing to do with me anymore. I don't want to lose them but I can't lie about who I am. Should I come out? Is being bi something you have to come out about?”

If you are certain this is the way your family would behave in case you come out, and if you are dependent on them, it is better to postpone it until you can provide for your own as coming out may risk your safety. I do understand that feeling, and to avoid that, I found ways to answer their questions in a way neither I’d be lying to myself nor to them, so that might work for you, too.

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Anonymous asked: “Hi! First of all thank you so much for this blog. You helped me before and you help other people, I totally admire it! :) So, I know that I'm gay for a while and I came out a few of my friends.but know, I just wanna come out to my sister. She's straight but she is an ally, so she wouldn't mind it if I told her I am a lesbian. But I want to make it good, if that makes any sense. That could be some kinda face to face or pretty much ANYTHING! Would you recommend me a WAY to come out to my sister?”

Hello anon,

Firstly, thanks for your kind words, and I am so glad to hear I was able to help.

When it comes to how to come out, there is no distinct ways to do it. It is up to you, up to how you feel, but as a creative ways, I have heard of baking rainbow cake, making a card and giving them, etc., assuming this is what you were looking for. For me, I either just tell it while having a face-to-face conversation or tell about someone I find cute and they get the point, but again, it is all up to you.

There is also this interesting BuzzFeed post which may take your interest:
24 Awesome Creative Ways to Come Out of the Closet

Hope this helps.

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Anonymous asked: “Hi! I know that im gay and i want to start coming out but almost all of my family and friends hate lesbians and they say that they are disgusting and all that rude shit and it really hurts because i just want to tell them because i feel like im not being myself and that im lying to them and i just want them to accept me and love me for who i am and i dont want to loose them because of a stupid thing like this”

I am pretty sure there must be a friend who does not feel that way, and you can come out to that person first as having such people is always a great feeling, knowing someone is there to support you. If not, and you are certain all your friends would stop talking to you, then maybe is a good idea to make some new friends, then? You can visit a local LGBTQ* organization, too.

When it comes to parents it is a bit trickier, especially if you are dependent on them. If there is a possibility coming out might jeopardize your situation, it is better to postpone coming out until you can provide for your own. If you are certain about coming out, it is better to have a backup plan in case worst scenario takes place

I think you just need better people in your life. You eventually will tell your parents and all that, but at least until that, just find some people who will love you for who you are, as such support will make you feel better. For your friends, test out the water (you can do this for your parents, too) and see what they really think about the whole deal before coming out, as it’ll give you a hint on how they may react.

Hope this helps.

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Anonymous asked: “Hey so um i think im gay and i want to come out but im not ready to label myself because what if im wrong and i just want to talk about it with anyone and get it off my chest but im too scared to do it and it just so hard”

You will not be “wrong” if you do not rush finding a label. Many just do so and then realize the label does not fully define them and then look for another one, and some even find themselves in a position to come out again.

So here’s what I believe you should do:

  • Give yourself time, explore your attractions and see who you fall for, then go with the label you feel most comfortable with
  • You can talk with a good friend of yours whom you trust and mention about your attractions. You do not have to come out directly and say you are gay but you can say you are still in the process of exploring it and so far this is what you have found out
  • When you feel ready and are sure you are not rushing it, then you can come out. I’ll suggest you to start with close friends and yes I do know how hard it is to say that 3-letter-word but once you do it, you will feel a huge relief
  • If there is a GSA at your school (assuming you are a student) or a local LGBTQ* organization, you can also consult them.

Hope this helps anon.

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Anonymous asked: “ok so I'm 15 and like i know I'm a lesbian but I keep telling myself that if I pretend to be straight that I can start to believe it myself and it's just so hard. I know I can't change because I've tried since I was 12 but I just really don't know what to do anymore and I'm too scared to come out. I just really don't know what to do.”

I know how scary it can be, but why pretend to be someone else? You are lesbian and it is totally awesome, not because you are lesbian but regardless any of those, it is awesome because it is you. Just embrace yourself anon, it is just one of the things about you among many, and I doubt you look into your eyes in the mirror and say “I am gonna pretend my eyes are yellow”. :)

Do not ever rush coming out, anon, do it when you feel ready but remember, having close friends who support you is an amazing feeling. Getting to tell and saying that word might be scary but once you do it, it gets better and easier.

I wish you the best and whenever you have a question, please do not hesitate to ask and I’ll do my best.

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