and who do you think is responsible for challenging the legality of the passing of this law? you think the ugandan supreme court just sat down one day, went over every law ever passed to see if it was written according to code? no, someone had to challenge it in a citizen vs. state case (as is true in pm every contemporary legal system, in case you literally understand that little about legislation): in this case, 10 petitioners including 2 organizations like sexual minorities uganda (in short, DOZENS or HUNDREDS of ugandan queer activists). community leaders like kasha jaqueline and frank mugisha (whose tweet is featured above) did careful, arduous research to find a reason to invalidate it and succeed, then legally challenged it. queer ugandans like nicholas opiyo and andrew mwenda put their own names down on the plaintiff statements, risking their personal safety, and pursued the case for its duration. don’t try to take this victory from them.
do all the people reblogging this insisting that it’s about “the LAW” and not about the hard work of dedicated activists realize you’re making the same arguments as the anons i deleted unpublished who said the same thing but called them “n*gger f*ggots” and were counting the days till the government writes a new law under official, legal circumstances? this day was a victory for months of hard work from a whole community led by passionate, brave organizers who we should all hold as role models!
and as a result, that same community held its pride parade legally for the first time WITHIN THE LAST 24 HOURS. (it is not uganda’s first pride parade, though, they’ve been doing it for years without legal protection). this means for the first time, the safety of ugandan queers at pride was PROTECTED BY POLICE instead of threatened. look!
(i’ll share only photos tweeted and linked by @prideuganda to avoid the possibility of western media presence outing ugandan queers against their will and consent, which has happened in the past and resulted in death, so please DO NOT share photos published by anyone other than parade participants if you find them- i’m looking at you, the daily mail and rolling stone!!!)
these are the names and faces of people who fought and won and celebrated. do NOT erase their efforts and victories by saying “it’s just the law”!!!!
also, i’m not a member of the ugandan queer community and learned everything i just repeated from googling and reading the twitter accounts of community leaders mentioned in public press. if i shared any information that was private or incorrect, or if i spoke about anyone involved disrespectfully, please let me know so i can remove it, correct it and make amends as best i can immediately.