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Daniella Zalcman Davidson Visit Focuses on LGBT Community in Uganda

Event Date:

November 11, 2014 | 7:00 PM EST
Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.

As Uganda struggles with anti-homosexuality legislation, the growing LGBT-rights movement continues...


Pulitzer Center grantee photojournalist Daniella Zalcman visits Davidson College on Tuesday, November 11 through our partnership with the Dean Rusk International Studies Program. Zalcman's main talk, titled "Kuchus in Uganda: Looking at the Consequences of Criminalizing Sexual Identity," is based on her Pulitzer Center-supported reporting project, "Kuchus in Uganda."

The kuchu population—as Uganda's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens are known—have led double lives since President Yoweri Museveni signed the country's anti-homosexuality bill in February 2014. The few community gatherings and safe spaces that had once existed for kuchus abruptly vanished. Those who stayed in Uganda were forced to take their personal lives even further underground.

Six months later, the Constitutional Court struck down the law on a procedural technicality. While some are disappointed by the decision in its failure to address the law as a human rights violation, others say it represents a victory for the evolution of LGBT rights and a small step in the gradual destigmatization and decriminalization of sexual minorities.

Zalcman is an award-winning photojournalist based in London and New York. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, TIME, Sports Illustrated, and Vanity Fair, among others. Her photographs have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe and are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She graduated from Columbia University in 2009 with a degree in architecture.

Davidson College is a partner in the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium network.

Tuesday, November 11
7:00 pm
Davidson College
Tyler-Tallman Recital Hall
Sloan Music Center
102 North Main Street
Davidson, NC 28035

This lecture is free and open to the public.