Gay Pride in Uganda defies law against homosexuality

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Over the weekend, the LGBT community of Uganda defied laws and customs, to celebrate their fourth annual Pride festival.

In the country of Uganda, homosexuality is criminalized with up to 14 years in jail. With this being said, the festival was held in a secluded garden in Entebbe, approximately 30 miles south of the country's capital, Kampala.



Uganda is an extremely hateful place for the LGBT community. In fact, "President Yoweri Museveni signed signed a law that not only outlawed homosexual acts, but also compelled citizens to report suspected homosexual activity to the police," reports the Wall Street Journal.

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A Ugandan wearing a mask with a rainbow sticker takes part in the Gay Pride parade in Entebbe on August 8, 2015. Ugandan activists gathered for a gay pride rally, celebrating one year since the overturning of a strict anti-homosexuality law but fearing more tough legislation may be on its way. Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, punishable by a jail sentence. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
People waving Ugandan and rainbow flags take part in the Gay Pride parade in Entebbe on August 8, 2015. Ugandan activists gathered for a gay pride rally, celebrating one year since the overturning of a strict anti-homosexuality law but fearing more tough legislation may be on its way. Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, punishable by a jail sentence. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk under a giant rainbow flag as they take part in the Gay Pride parade in Entebbe on August 8, 2015. Ugandan activists gathered for a gay pride rally, celebrating one year since the overturning of a strict anti-homosexuality law but fearing more tough legislation may be on its way. Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, punishable by a jail sentence. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold rainbow flags as they take part in the Gay Pride parade in Entebbe on August 8, 2015. Ugandan activists gathered for a gay pride rally, celebrating one year since the overturning of a strict anti-homosexuality law but fearing more tough legislation may be on its way. Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, punishable by a jail sentence. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold a banner reading 'We are Family' while waving rainbow flags as they take part in the Gay Pride parade in Entebbe on August 8, 2015. Ugandan activists gathered for a gay pride rally, celebrating one year since the overturning of a strict anti-homosexuality law but fearing more tough legislation may be on its way. Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, punishable by a jail sentence. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
People holding rainbow flags and umbrellas take part in the Gay Pride parade in Entebbe on August 8, 2015. Ugandan activists gathered for a gay pride rally, celebrating one year since the overturning of a strict anti-homosexuality law but fearing more tough legislation may be on its way. Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, punishable by a jail sentence. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
People holding rainbow flags take part in the Gay Pride parade in Entebbe on August 8, 2015. Ugandan activists gathered for a gay pride rally, celebrating one year since the overturning of a strict anti-homosexuality law but fearing more tough legislation may be on its way. Homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, punishable by a jail sentence. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Ugandan man is seen during the 3rd Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Scores of Ugandan homosexuals and their supporters are holding a gay pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe. The parade is their first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated an anti-gay law that was widely condemned by some Western governments and rights watchdogs. (AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie)
A transgender Ugandan poses in front of a rainbow flag during the 3rd Annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride celebrations in Entebbe, Uganda, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Scores of Ugandan homosexuals and their supporters are holding a gay pride parade on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe. The parade is their first public event since a Ugandan court invalidated an anti-gay law that was widely condemned by some Western governments and rights watchdogs. (AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie)
People wearing masks pose as they sit in a vehicle during the first Ugandan gay pride rally since the overturning of a tough anti-homosexuality law, which authorities have appealed, in Entebbe, on August 9, 2014. The overturned law, condemned as 'abominable' by rights groups but popular among many Ugandans, called for proven homosexuals to be jailed for life. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold signs during the the first gay pride rally since the overturning of a tough anti-homosexuality law, which authorities have appealed, in Entebbe, on August 9, 2014. The overturned law, condemned as 'abominable' by rights groups but popular among many Ugandans, called for proven homosexuals to be jailed for life. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
People wave rainbow flag during the the first gay pride rally since the overturning of a tough anti-homosexuality law, which authorities have appealed, in Entebbe, on August 9, 2014. The overturned law, condemned as 'abominable' by rights groups but popular among many Ugandans, called for proven homosexuals to be jailed for life. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
A person holds an umbrella bearing the colors of the rainbow flag as others wave flags during the the first gay pride rally since the overturning of a tough anti-homosexuality law, which authorities have appealed, in Entebbe, on August 9, 2014. The overturned law, condemned as 'abominable' by rights groups but popular among many Ugandans, called for proven homosexuals to be jailed for life. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
Ugandan activists take part on August 9, 2014 in the first gay-pride march since the anti-gay law was overturned, in Entebbe, Uganda. Uganda's attorney general has filed an appeal against the constitutional court's decision to overturn tough new anti-gay laws, his deputy said on August 9. Branded draconian and 'abominable' by rights groups but popular domestically, the six-month old law which ruled that homosexuals would be jailed for life was scrapped on a technicality by the constitutional court on August 1. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Ugandan activist poses as she takes part on August 9, 2014 in the first gay-pride march since the anti-gay law was overturned, in Entebbe, Uganda. Uganda's attorney general has filed an appeal against the constitutional court's decision to overturn tough new anti-gay laws, his deputy said on August 9. Branded draconian and 'abominable' by rights groups but popular domestically, the six-month old law which ruled that homosexuals would be jailed for life was scrapped on a technicality by the constitutional court on August 1. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
Ugandan activists hold colorful garlands as they take part on August 9, 2014 in the first gay-pride march since the anti-gay law was overturned, in Entebbe, Uganda. Uganda's attorney general has filed an appeal against the constitutional court's decision to overturn tough new anti-gay laws, his deputy said on August 9. Branded draconian and 'abominable' by rights groups but popular domestically, the six-month old law which ruled that homosexuals would be jailed for life was scrapped on a technicality by the constitutional court on August 1. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
A Ugandan man with a sticker on his face takes part on August 9, 2014 in the annual gay pride in Entebbe, Uganda. Uganda's attorney general has filed an appeal against the constitutional court's decision to overturn tough new anti-gay laws, his deputy said on August 9. Branded draconian and 'abominable' by rights groups but popular domestically, the six-month old law which ruled that homosexuals would be jailed for life was scrapped on a technicality by the constitutional court on August 1. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
Ugandan men hold a rainbow flag reading 'Join hands to end LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Intersex - called Kuchu in Uganda) genocide' as they celebrate on August 9, 2014 during the annual gay pride in Entebbe, Uganda. Uganda's attorney general has filed an appeal against the constitutional court's decision to overturn tough new anti-gay laws, his deputy said on August 9. Branded draconian and 'abominable' by rights groups but popular domestically, the six-month old law which ruled that homosexuals would be jailed for life was scrapped on a technicality by the constitutional court on August 1. AFP PHOTO/ ISAAC KASAMANI (Photo credit should read ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
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In an environment that is so obviously hostile, this August 8th Pride festival was discreet and cautious, drawing in just over 400 paraders. Some festival-goers even covered up their faces with masks to protect their identity.

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Gay activists dressed as female construction workers or Samsui Women and laborers from the colonial period, pose in mock salute on Saturday, June 28, 2014 in Singapore. Thousands of gay rights activists gathered in downtown Singapore on Saturday for a rally that this year drew unprecedented criticism from religious conservatives, with one influential Christian pastor calling on the government to ban the event.(AP Photo/Joseph Nair)
Gay activists dressed in pink, pose for photos on Saturday, June 28, 2014 in Singapore. Thousands of gay rights activists gathered in downtown Singapore on Saturday for a rally that this year drew unprecedented criticism from religious conservatives, with one influential Christian pastor calling on the government to ban the event.(AP Photo/Joseph Nair)
People take part in the homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (HLBT) visibility march, the Gay Pride, under the rain on June 28, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
People take part in the homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (HLBT) visibility march, the Gay Pride, on June 28, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
People take part in the homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (HLBT) visibility march, the Gay Pride, under the rain on June 28, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
People take part in the homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (HLBT) visibility march, the Gay Pride, on June 28, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold a giant rainbow flag during a gay parade on Istiklal Street, the main shopping corridor on June 22, 2014 in Istanbul during the Trans Pride Parade as part of the Trans Pride Week 2014, which is organized by Istanbul's 'Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transvestites and Transsexuals' (LGBTT) solidarity organization. AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold a giant rainbow flag during a gay parade on Istiklal Street, the main shopping corridor in Istanbul, on June 22, 2014, during the Trans Pride Parade as part of the Trans Pride Week 2014, which is organized by Istanbul's 'Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transvestites and Transsexuals' (LGBTT) solidarity organization. AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
A couple pose in a cart with a placard reading 'Just Married', as they take part in the 3rd Gay Pride march of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO /SAKIS MITROLIDIS (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Thousands of people parade in the streets of Thessaloniki, northern Greece, as they take part in the city's 3rd Gay Pride march, on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO /SAKIS MITROLIDIS (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO - JUNE 21: Members of lesbian and gay community take part on the gay pride parade on the streets of Guadalajara on June 21, 2014 in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Leonardo Alvarez/LatinContent/Getty Images)
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO - JUNE 21: Members of lesbian and gay community take part on the gay pride parade on the streets of Guadalajara on June 21, 2014 in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Leonardo Alvarez/LatinContent/Getty Images)
A woman with the word 'adoption' drawn-on as a mustache poses during the Gay Pride Parade in Lisbon on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
Men wearing rainbow wigs take part of the Gay Pride Parade in Lisbon on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man holds a giant rainbow flag during the Gay Pride Parade in Lisbon on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 21: Two men in drag participate in the annual Christopher Street Day parade on Kurfuerstendamm avenue on June 21, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. This year the annual gay and lesbian pride fest was divided into three different parades due to quarrels over the political aims of the event. Berlin, known as a tolerant and open city, has a very active gay community. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 21: Two men in lederhosen participate in the annual Christopher Street Day parade on Kurfuerstendamm avenue on June 21, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. This year the annual gay and lesbian pride fest was divided into three different parades due to quarrels over the political aims of the event. Berlin, known as a tolerant and open city, has a very active gay community. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Drag Queens wave different national flags during the Christopher Street Day (CSD) gay pride parade in front of Berlin's Memorial Church (Gedaechtniskirche) in Berlin on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CLEMENS BILAN (Photo credit should read CLEMENS BILAN/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 21: APeople on a Staue of Liberty-themed float participate in the annual Christopher Street Day parade on Kurfuerstendamm avenue on June 21, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. This year the annual gay and lesbian pride fest was divided into three different parades due to quarrels over the political aims of the event. Berlin, known as a tolerant and open city, has a very active gay community. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Participants wear hats featuring Russian church domes during the Christopher Street Day (CSD) gay pride parade in front of Berlin's Memorial Church (Gedaechtniskirche) in Berlin on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / CLEMENS BILAN (Photo credit should read CLEMENS BILAN/AFP/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GREECE - 2014/06/14: A gay couple kiss in front of the Greek parliament building whilst holding a Rainbow colored flag. Hundreds of people on Saturday joined Greece's annual gay pride parade in a long-standing demand for equal rights to civil union and adoption. (Photo by George Panagakis/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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