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'We are here and we're going nowhere': Seen and heard at Gay Pride in Uganda

by Eliza Anyangwe, for CNN

Published 1028 GMT (1828 HKT) August 11, 2015
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Following months of secretive planning, Uganda's LGBTI community took part in a gay pride parade in Entebbe on 8 August. There's much to celebrate -- the diversity of the community -- but homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, punishable by a jail sentence. So why did people attend pride? Go through the gallery to read what Pride meant to people attending the march and why it was important for them to take part. The people quoted have preferred to not be identified, and are not pictured in the photographs. ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images
"Pride for me is resistance, persistence, and a celebration of being who we are in our country," said Shawn. "Most importantly Pride Uganda 2015 was a victorious time for me.... seeing all those people at all the events embrace their sexual orientations or gender identities. We were truly proud of who we are."

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"Pride means to me a big gathering of LGBTIQQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, and Questioning) persons in all our diversities to celebrate who we are. But most importantly, to tell the world that our sexual orientation or gender identity does not shame us a single bit -- to me, that is pride," said Kelly. ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images
"It's when we as an LGBTI family bond as one and march for what we believe is rightfully ours: equal treatment. I celebrate Pride because it gives us the avenue where many voiceless people speak out as one loud voice," said Qwin. ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images
Waza said: "It's a time of the year when we come out to march for the many out there who can't. It's a time to show the world that we are who we are, and we are going nowhere." ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images
"Pride to me means coming together as the LGBTIQ community to celebrate our successes, reflect on the challenges we go through and look for the way forward. [We are] showing the world that we are here and we are normal like them," said Tendo. ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images