Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera is a “founding mother” of the LGBT movement in Uganda. She was born in Kampala, Uganda, where growing up she was known as “Bombastic,” a nickname which still applies today. Through dauntless activism, she has become a symbol for campaigners in her country, across Africa, and around the world. Ms. Nabagesera now advocates on behalf of LGBT rights at the United Nations, the African Commission and the European Union.
In Uganda, she is a powerful voice in the “Reclaiming the Media” program, which broadcasts alternative narratives about LGBT communities and calls for the repeal of the country’s oppressive anti-homosexuality laws. Ms. Nabagesera opened Uganda’s first gay bar and organized the country’s first pride parade. She is the first LGBT rights activist to be awarded the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. Ms. Nabagesera is the Executive Director of the Freedom & Roam Uganda civil society group.
In the words of the HLS community member who nominated her, Ms. Nabagesera “has been a tireless advocate for women and sexual minorities in Africa.”