Uganda's LGBT community celebrated the fifth annual Pride event at secret events following a brutal police raid August 4 of a Pride event in Kampala. Some 10 armed police officers illegally raided a pageant to crown Mr. and Miss Gay Uganda at Club Venom that left one person hospitalized and many injured and humiliated. The raid happened following a tribute to the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. Police arrested Uganda LGBT movement leaders Frank Mugisha and Pepe Julian Onziema, along with 16 others who were taken to a police station, according to an August 5 news release from Sexual Minorities Uganda, the country's leading LGBT organization. More than 100 attendees were detained at the nightclub for more than 90 minutes, forced by gunpoint into a corner on top of each other.
August 11 / The Bay Area Reporter