South Africans Storm Streets To Protest Uganda’s Law Criminalising LGBTQ Identity

South Africans protest Uganda law criminalizing LGBTQ identity

South Africans took to the streets of Pretoria and Cape Town on Friday to protest against a Ugandan law passed last week that makes it a criminal offence to be openly LGBTQ.

Singing and waving flags, demonstrators called on Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, not to sign it.

While Uganda is among more than 30 African countries that already ban same-sex relations, the new law would be the first to outlaw merely identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ), according to rights group Human Rights Watch.

“World leaders should put pressure on Museveni to not sign the bill because it’s not only a Ugandan issue, it is an African continent issue,” said Papa De DeLovie Kwagala, a Ugandan LGBTQ rights activist and photographer among about 100 people protesting outside the United Nations Information Centre in Pretoria.

“Queer people don’t owe anyone anything, but we also deserve to live just like everyone else. You can’t strip all our rights. This is a world emergency.”

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