This June, people from all over the world will descend on Toronto, Canada to celebrate World Pride—an event that comprises a week’s long celebration as well as a human right’s conference.
Probably one of the most talked-about countries at this year’s conference will be Uganda, which recently passed an incredibly demoralizing bill that will sentence gays to prison. Unfortunately, there won’t be anyone from Uganda to talk at the conference, because Canada refused to grant Ugandan activists visas over concerns that they will seek asylum.
“We are shocked and appalled. These individuals from Uganda are some of the most courageous heroes,” said Andrea Houston of #ENDhatelaws, a coalition founded in response to homophobia/transphobia across the globe, amid the controversy over anti-gay laws passed in Russia prior to the Winter Olympics.
“They are here to share their stories and have every intention to go home after the conference, because they all have work to do in Uganda. The assumption is they are here to claim asylum. The question is: Why can’t they, coming from the most hostile place in the world to LGBTQ people?”
Source: Passport Magazine