Celebrations at Ugandan Gay Pride

The first Ugandan Gay Pride event since an anti-homosexuality law was overturned by the courts has been held in Entebbe on the shore of Lake Victoria.

Sandra Nyebi, the organiser of the event on Saturday, aid that the police had given permission for the event, provided that it was invitation-only and followed an agreed route.

"This event is to bring us together," she told the AFP news agency. "Everyone was in hiding before because of the anti-homosexuality law. It is a happy day for all of us, getting together."

Homosexuality is still illegal in Uganda, and can be punished by imprisonment and even death.

However it is no longer illegal to promote homosexuality, or conceal homosexuals, since a new draconian law was overturned by the Court on a technicality.

About 100 people took part in the march. However, some of the marchers wore masks to conceal their faces, as several Ugandan tabloid newspaper have previously outed gay men and women by publishing their photographs and names and addresses.