Irishman Peter Houlihan admires the people who marched for gay pride in Uganda, where homosexuality is a capital offense and believes their bravery is a beautiful thing.
The New Yorker is featuring an amazing story about people who participated in a gay pride march in Uganda.
The guts it must have taken to do this I can’t imagine. Pride marches where I live, like most political demonstrations, are a civilised affair. Citizens have the right to make their voices heard and to the limited use of public resources to do so. Other citizens have the right to speak out against their voice and a Garda (police) presence ensures that neither group is able to infringe upon each other’s rights or safety. Dublin pride is a colourful affair, full of flags and music, and while not all of the onlookers understand what’s happening or agree with it, I’ve never personally seen any violence directed at the parade. People bring their kids along and the city council gives them the use of their land for speeches at the end of the parade route.
I don’t know what it’s like to take part in a protest where I might be killed. Many people fought with their lives to make this so and I owe them my thanks. Those people in Uganda don’t enjoy that privilege, but they marched anyway, because they could see a future where they could wave a flag, sit their kids on their shoulders, and be proud. That’s the most beautiful thing I’ve seen today.
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