The opening event at Uganda Pride was cancelled last minute yesterday following growing pressure on the venue, the Sheraton Hotel, from the Ugandan Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo. After weeks of work having gone into organising the LGBT+ event, Lokodo decided to intimidate organisers by surrounding the venue with large numbers of police on the day it was due to start. This comes despite the Ugandan Pride team having previously liaised with Government authorities about the nature of the event with full transparency. Up to 300 guests from Uganda and around the world were due to attend the event, showing support and solidarity with the country’s LGBT+ community.
August 17 / Gay Times