Ugandan LGBT Activist Val Kalende Speaks at NYC Rally in Memory of David Kato

Published: February 3, 2011

A saddened but defiant group of human rights activists gathered in New York Thursday to remember David Kato, the gay activist found murdered in his Uganda home last week.

“Dear David, in honor of the sacrifice you have made for all of us, we will do our part [for] the movement you’ve helped to propel forward by daring to be bold enough for those who do not have the privilege to be bold,” said Val Kalende, a Ugandan LGBT activist and long-time friend of Kato’s.

Surrounded by at least 100 supporters holding white flowers outside the United Nations, she continued: “In honor of your work, and all the others who have died before — and will continue to die after you — we will never stop speaking, we will never stop fighting. Your death will not be in vain.”

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