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33 transgender activists arrested in Uganda

33 transgender activists arrested in Uganda

Thirty-three transgender people were arrested Tuesday while attending an NGO sponsored personal sustainability workshop held at Sangalo Beach in eastern Uganda. The featured image has been blurred despite being published by others out of respect for LGBTQI Ugandans who face horrific oppression.

Trumpet News presented this picture of the participants on lunch, assumably as proof of debauchery. By any sane standard, those pictured are serenely walking, talking, and texting much like any human being does.

According to Rwandan media, police charged the 33 with illegal assembly after they “admitted being gay” and attending a transgender workshop. Most of those attending, according to the Trumpet News, ‘admitted to being Rwandans while others are Congolese and a few Ugandans.’

The Ugandan Revenue Authority was so upset they called the police after learning that trans people were being taught how to survive.

Patrick Lule, the arresting officer at Busia police station said  “That some men wanted to be women. They also told us that they are registered NGO operating from Kireka in Kampala,” the officer added.

Police made the arrest after being alerted by a particularly anal Ugandan Revenue Authority (URA) officer. The unnamed agent spied on the group after hearing different languages spoken and was “disturbed by the participants’ behavior during a lunch break.”

“The boys started behaving like women.” Reported Trumpet News “They were all over each other caressing fellow men,” the official was quoted as saying.

It has since been reported by the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), that all 33 individuals have since been released following intervention by the organization.

“Our legal team has successfully negotiated the release of 33 transgender persons, who were charged with unlawful assembly before a Grade One Magistrate; after they were arrested yesterday in Busia district, during a training on the SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals],” tweeted the NGO.

The organization added that “We decry the abuse of freedoms of LGBTI persons in Uganda and implore state agencies to respect them.”

Our saviors need help.

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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