On Aug 5, 2016 Reuters reported: Uganda’s Police raided a night club where a Gay Pride event was underway and arrested at least 15 people, accusing them of staging an illegal gathering and promoting homosexuality, a rights activist told Reuters on Friday.
Gays and lesbians experience considerable hostility in the largely conservative east African country, one of 37 countries on the continent where homosexuality is illegal.
They often live secretive lives, fearful that coming out will attract stigma and hostility from family and friends, or the loss of a job or an apartment.
Clare Byarugaba, a gay rights activist, told Reuters Police showed up at a club in a suburb of the capital Kampala at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday and accused the organisers of promoting homosexuality, before scuffles with revellers started.
“They (Police) were dragging people, they were beating people, they were undressing people,” Byarugaba said. “They were undressing especially trans-gender women. Apparently they wanted to find out whether they were men or women.”
Kayima Emilian, a police spokesman, said they had dispersed the gathering because the organisers had failed to notify them of the event.
“A large group of people gathering? They need to tell Police. But also they were likely to engage in promoting gay sex which is illegal in Uganda.”