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Choosing Not To Be Intimidated

26 Aug

You have to hand it to the gay Ugandans: they opened an LGBT-friendly health centre and had their first gay pride all in one year. This is in the midst of serious persecution that is sanctioned by the government. Gay people all over Africa have been weighing in and interestingly a lot of the comments I have heard are not supportive. Yes, it was a bold thing to do and it could (and did) get people arrested. Some blamed western governments for pushing the idea of pride and saying that celebrations of this kind are “not African”. Others said that presenting cross-dressers and people without any high standing in society presents the gay Ugandan in a bad light. If the gay men and women think this way then I wonder what straight people must be saying. I wish all of the naysayers would read Val Kalende’s article

No one will give you your freedom: you have to fight for it. The Stonewall Inn which was the site of the famous riot and lead to first ever gay pride was not an upscale club and its regular patrons certainly not high-income earners .

I’m really happy that people on this continent are not sitting on the fence but demanding for their rights, the same rights given to the rest of the population.

The Anonymous hack was just icing on the cake

 

 

 
5 Comments

Posted by on August 26, 2012 in Politik

 

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5 responses to “Choosing Not To Be Intimidated

  1. Guy Penn

    August 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    This is pride at its proudest, and I agree with you – sitting in the shadows doesn’t do anyone any good in the long term.

     
  2. Tim Mann

    September 3, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Good morning. The content is really Good

     
  3. angryricky

    September 4, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I was at Stonewall a few weeks ago. It’s still nothing spectacular.

     
    • DystopiConvert

      September 4, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      For some reason your comment made me laugh out loud 🙂 I’d definitely want to go there and check it out.

       

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