- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 10, 2014

Gay activists in Uganda held their first gay pride rally on Saturday since the overturning of a strict antigay law that a constitution court ruled illegal earlier this month.

“This event is to bring us together. Everyone was in hiding before because of the antihomosexuality law,” organizer Sandra Ntebi told the Agence France-Presse.

The overturned law provided for prison terms of up to life for engaging in gay sex and lengthy terms for attempted homosexuality or the promotion of homosexuality.

The court threw it out Aug. 1 on a technicality, six months after it took effect, and the government has filed an appeal, AFP reported.

Police granted permission for Saturday’s invitation-only “Uganda Pride” rally. Activists gathered on a beach in the lakeside town of Entebbe.

Though homosexuality is still illegal in the African country, it is no longer forbidden to promote homosexuality, and Ugandans are no longer required to report gays to police, AFP reported.

“Since I discovered I was gay, I feared coming out, but now I have the courage after the law was thrown out,” Alex Musoke told AFP, one of more than 100 people at the event.