"I know I can be beaten, I know I can be raped, I know I can be killed. But I am not going to leave. We are stronger as a community." — Kasha. (First Image) Image by Daniella Zalcman. Uganda, 2014.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has signed the anti-homosexuality bill into law, giving official backing to the daily harassment that affects the country’s LGBT community. And Uganda’s LGBT activists are now in more danger than ever. Their very existence is illegal. For many, the only way to survive, short of fleeing the country, will be to go back into the closet and reinvent their public identities. Any allies who might have provided support in the past—public health workers, lawyers, landlords, taxi drivers—have just been criminalized as well.
When the only way to stay safe is to stay secret, even the most defiant activists have to keep a part of themselves hidden to survive. Pulitzer Center grantee Daniella Zalcman snapped these double exposures with an iPhone as a reflection on the need to lead a double life. This is what it means to be gay and illegal.
View Daniella’s whole project: Kuchus in Uganda
To learn more about homophobia around the globe, read Pulitzer Center grantee Misha Friedman’s reporting from Russia and Pulitzer Center grantee Micah Fink’s reporting from Jamaica.