Miss Pride of Uganda


Miss Pride of Uganda

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Original print by Katie G. Nelson. 

Printed on archival-level paper. Includes matte, backing and description of image.

Available in 8x10 for $100 or 16x20 for $175.

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A transgender woman competes for Miss Pride during Uganda’s gay pride celebration in Kampala, Uganda.

Hundreds of local spectators attended the 2015 Mr. and Miss Pride Uganda competition. Teetering atop a wobbly red-carpet runway, more than a dozen contestants from the Ugandan LGBTI community showcased their dance and lip-syncing talents. 

When asked why she wanted to become Miss Pride Uganda, a contestant named Arianna said, “I want to come out as a trans woman so they stop discriminating against us. I want to come out to show everyone that trans people are people.”

The first Pride Uganda celebration was in 2012; the following year the Ugandan Parliament passed the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which punished same-sex relationships with life imprisonment. That law was later ruled invalid based on a minor voting technicality. But same-sex relationships are still illegal in Uganda and are punishable by up to 14 years in prison. 

Public Radio International, 2015.