Keynote Speaker: Kasha Nabagesera

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera is the founding mother of the LGBTI rights movement in Uganda, and the most prominent member of the movement currently living in Uganda.  She co-founded Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG) in 2003 to defend the rights of Uganda's lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, and served as its executive director for over a decade.  She also co-founded Sexual Minorities Uganda in 2004. Kasha opened the first gay bar in Uganda and was a key organizer of the country’s first pride parade.  In 2014, she began Kuchu Times, a media platform where the voices of LGBTI people living on the African continent can be heard. She trains activists from many African countries, and has received numerous recognitions and awards. Prominent among them are the Sean McBride Award from Amnesty International Dublin, the Right Livelihood Award, the Civil Courage Award from Berlin, the International Activist of the Year Award organized by the National Lesbian and Gay Federation of Ireland, and the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award. In 2011, Kasha was selected by a jury of 10 of the world's leading human rights organizations to receive the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. She is the first LGBTI activist to receive this prestigious honor.  Operating within a hostile and oppressive environment, Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera tirelessly advocates for LGBT rights in Uganda, and at the African Union, the European Union, and the United Nations.