As we await the determination of Uganda's Parliament on the anti-gay bill, reflect upon these images by photographer Tadej Žnidarči:
Its amazing to think that Tadej was able to get participants for his portraits given the recent killings of Ugandan activists. But as Tadej went about completly his project he said that he made sure, "All the people [he] talked to wanted to remain anonymous so [he] portrayed them without compromising their safety."
In addition all the subjects' photos were taken in the streets in broad daylight, a daring act considdering the repercussions had authorities known what the project was infact about. Though Tadej assured that noone could possibly have known what the photographs were about.
Its clear that without International attention on this subject there would be no hope for the LGBT people in Uganda. One of the most important aspects of LGBT equality and the fight for our rights is to be able to tell our stories, in words and pictures. Silence indeed equals death.
Read the full interview at DayLightMagazine.org.
"Being Gay in Uganda" will be at OSI-New York Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., from March 17-October 14, 2011 by appointment only. To schedule a visit, contact the Documentary Photography Project at (212) 547-6909.