Ugandan LGBTI Solidarity Celebration Coming May 16

LGBTI and sex worker activists in Uganda are preparing for a celebration of solidarity, with an emphasis on developing self-sufficiency in their community. The local Youth on Rock Foundation is organizing the event in conjunction with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on May 16. Organizer Frank Kamya labels this event the second annual LGBTQ and sex worker pride celebration, following last year’s Kuchus’ Day Out. It is in addition to the Ugandan pride celebrations that the country’s LGBTI community has held for the past three summers.

The theme for the day is Solidarity and Togetherness: Our Identify. Planned activities on May 16 include: handicraft and visual art exhibitions, IDAHOT celebrations, games with prizes, such as swimming, soccer, net ball, chess, cards, ludo etc., entertainment from LGBT and sex worker divas, personal story sharing, a march with rainbow-colored umbrellas, red umbrellas and banners, voluntary blood testing and counseling. Financial support for the self-sufficiency initiative and the celebration are welcome. Contributions may be made via Airtel at +256753833910 or by money transfer to Kamya Francis Mwanje.

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