Much more than a trip to Uganda Pt2.
My trip continues through travels from Entebbe Airport to Kampala and taking in everything that I’ve never seen before. Customs, practices, agriculture, infrastructure, how people get around, the smells, everything was an experience!
I talked with Jay in the back of the car and she shared how things work, she shares what our plans will be while here, and stop her right there. I said ” I don’t meant to cut you off, but I wanted to say I commend you and respect you so much for existing in your skin every single day. And being confident and secure with yourself everyday enough to say ‘I’m not going anywhere’. So yea”. She smiles, and says thank you, and that she appreciated me coming all the way out here, because she doesn’t see too many queer blacks from the states travel to Kampala Uganda. She understands its not an LGBTQ friendly place, but she assured me that there is life here for the queer people. And that they aren’t going anywhere.
We get settled, and she takes me to the local hangout spot for her, and where she gets work done. I introduce myself and I feel comfortable to smile and be ME. I talk about what I’ve seen thus far, and what I think of Kampala. So far it’s been great! Traffic is intense but I love it.
I go to sleep for the night, and the next day we drive to a friends house for a BBQ. I see queer people here, and immediately feel at home. It was the strangest feeling! To be all the way across the the globe, 11 hours ahead, and feel connected to people I just met. I remember feeling so at peace. Even though down the street you have kids who run to the gate to see the “gay people”, or the neighbors stand and stare at you to see what you are doing. I smiled and carried on talking with her friends.
We danced, we cooked, we had drinks, and we existed. We lived our lives only for us, and the company we kept. In my mind I couldn’t help think about how brave these people are. I didn’t want to ask questions associated with being queer. I felt that they knew already. And it’s not fair to them. Not the time nor the moment. We are all here to have fun, and not be reminded of the wrongs others inflict on people for their own ignorance and fear.
this was a day of happiness and a reminder of our blissful loving existence.