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Aug 9, 2015

Gay Pride in Uganda

Gay Pride in Uganda

Homosexuality is taboo in almost all African countries and illegal in most including Uganda, where rights groups say gay people have long risked jail. Fear of violence, imprisonment and loss of jobs means few gays in Africa come out. On Saturday August 8 members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community emerge from the shadows as they celebrate Gay Pride near the capital Kampala.

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"Bad Black" (not her real name), who identifies as a trans-woman, puts on make-up as she prepares to attend a Trans-day health talk at an undisclosed location in the suburbs of Kampala, Uganda August 6, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A participant of the Mr and Miss Pride contest puts on high heels before a rehearsal for the contest in Kampala, Uganda, August 1, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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"Bad Black" (not her real name), who identifies as a trans-woman, changes her hairstyle as she prepares for the Gay Pride in Kampala, Uganda, August 6, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Rihana, who identifies as a trans-woman, is seen backstage preparing to showcase jewellery at the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 7, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Participants of the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest do final checks of their appearances before taking to the runway at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 7, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A performer stands on a platform during the opening ceremony of Pride activities at an undisclosed restaurant in Kampala, Uganda, August 5, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Organizers of Gay Pride meet at an undisclosed restaurant in Kampala, Uganda, July 30, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Organizers of Gay Pride meet at an undisclosed restaurant in Kampala, Uganda, July 30, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Rihana, who identifies as a trans-woman, sits on her bed in an undisclosed suburb of Kampala, Uganda, August 4, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Rihana, who identifies as a trans-woman, poses for a picture outside of her house in an undisclosed suburb of Kampala, Uganda, August 4, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A participant of the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest, who identifies as a trans-woman, speaks to the judges during a rehearsal at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 2, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A participant of the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest practices walking in a wedge shoe during a rehearsal at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 2, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Participants of the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest pose for a picture at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 1, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Rihana, a participant of the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest, answers questions during rehearsals at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda August 1, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Participants of the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest are seen during rehearsals at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 1, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Alicia, a participant of the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest, dances during rehearsals at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda August 1, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Participants of the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest share ideas during rehearsals at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 1, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Contestants for the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest listen to the judges after rehearsals at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 2, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Contestants for the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest watch one of the participants during rehearsals at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 1, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Alicia, a participant of the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest, strikes a pose after walking the runway during rehearsals for the contest in Kampala, Uganda, August 1, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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The judges of the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest take to the catwalk during rehearsals at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 1, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Participants of the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest strike poses during rehearsals at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 1, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A contestant prepares to rehearse for the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 1, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A note containing security briefs is taped on a door during a gay community gathering in Kampala, Uganda, August 6, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A participant of the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest gets make-up done backstage at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 7, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A contestant for Miss Pride Uganda looks at a phone backstage at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 7, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Mahad, who identifies as a trans-woman, smiles moments after being crowned as the winner of the Miss Pride beauty contest at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 7, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Rihana, who identifies as a trans-woman, is seen backstage preparing to showcase jewellery at the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 7, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Mahad, who identifies as a trans-woman, is crowned after she was announced as the winner of the Miss Pride beauty contest at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 7, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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A participant of the Mr and Miss Pride beauty contest gets make-up done backstage at an undisclosed venue in Kampala, Uganda, August 7, 2015. STRINGER/REUTERS

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Mr and Miss Pride Uganda walk side-by-side during the annual gay pride celebrations by the members of the LGBT community in Entebbe, southwest of Uganda's capital Kampala STRINGER/REUTERS

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Lesbian couple laughs during the third annual gay pride celebrations by members of the LGBT community in Entebbe, southwest of Uganda's capital Kampala STRINGER/REUTERS

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