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Uganda Pride 2014

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A Pride-goer holds up a rainbow flag before the march. Many of the LGBT Ugandans in attendance wore masks to protect their identities. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.

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A crowd gets ready for the march. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.

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About a hundred people marched through the Entebbe Botanical Gardens during the climax of the day's celebrations. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.

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Prominent LGBT-rights activist Kasha Nabagesera was at the front of the pride march. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.

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Pride day celebrants. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.

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Activist Bad Black poses for a portrait during Pride celebrations. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.

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On the bus from Kampala to Entebbe the morning of Pride, an activist wears a button that says "Kuchu," a Swahili word that loosely translates to "queer" used by the LGBT community. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.

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A defiant Pride-goer poses for a portrait on the beach. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.

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Attendees took a bread to swim in Lake Victoria. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.

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Signs carried by activists and attendees during the Pride march. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.

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Local children gathered to watch Pride celebrations, though perhaps thanks to cooperation and surveillance from local police the public didn't intervene. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.

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Activists hang off of a car leading the Pride march, waving flags and blasting music. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.

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Exhausted LGBT-rights activist Moses collapses on the grass at the end of the day's festivities. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.

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A Pride attendee waves a rainbow flag as the sun goes down. Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.

Barely a week after Uganda’s Constitutional Court struck down the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Act on a procedural technicality, the LGBT community held their third annual Pride celebration in Entebbe, on the banks of Lake Victoria. While activists were reluctant to call the ruling a victory — particularly because the court decision failed to address the constitutionality of the law itself — taking the AHA off the books was certainly a first step in improving life for sexual minorities in Uganda and injecting hope into a strengthening human rights movement.

David Bahati, the MP responsible for authoring the law, announced that he plans to reintroduce a new iteration of the bill in the current session of Parliament. But for now, sexual health organizations have resumed services, support groups are meeting again, and even a few LGBT-friendly bars and nightclubs are reopening their doors as well. These photos from August 9 mark a turning point in the evolution of Ugandan LGBT rights.