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I was blinded! LGBT community rattled as renowned gay activist Kalende quits

Ex-LGBTI activist, Val Kalende, has denounced homosexuality as Uganda’s gay community suffers a major blow (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – The gay community in Uganda has suffered a severe setback after a passionate defender of their rights, Val Kalende, denounced the same-sex practice and announced that she will soon get married.

Ms Kalende quit her journalism profession in 2017 to pioneer the Sexual Minorities Uganda, an umbrella body of the LGBT organisations in the country.

However, at Pastor Bugingo’s fellowship service that was broadcast live on Salt TV on Sunday, Ms Kalende announced that she is no longer gay and said she regrets her action.

“I started practicing lesbianism when I was 17 years old in A-level at one of the prominent girls’ secondary schools in Kampala. I do not know how Satan sought me amongst all my friends, because all the girls I did that habit with in high school got married,” she narrated.

Left to right: Bishop Christopher Senyonjo, Daniel O’Donnell, Val Kalende, Charles Radcliffe at a LGBTI conference in the US November 2014 (FILE PHOTO)

“Even the girl I was dating at the age of 17 is now married. I have denounced Satan,” she added.

The communications and digital media consultant said because of her decision, her family banished her.

“I’m born of Christian parents. All of them cut their ties with me for being gay. I became an orphan. I became rebellious. We always wondered why the world forced us to become girls who do not love men. Right now, I have no peace of mind. I sometimes break down and cry wondering why I am like this,” she said.

Kalende said she never wanted to go public, but her life was at risk because of the LGBTQ leaders who wanted to expose her or even cause harm.

Posting on her Facebook page, Ms Kalende said: Men are designed to make love to women and vice versa. God’s first declaration: “It is not good for man to be alone”. God could have made another man for Adam. But instead God created a woman to solve man’s aloneness. Life and death: Homosexuality represents death. It denies life. It prevents the propagation of the human race.

“I understand my introverted nature makes it uncomfortable for people to reach out to me but I am pretty much an open person when it comes to issues I am passionate about. I am not an authority on sexuality let alone what qualifies for sinful nature but I sure have an awareness that could help folks out there. Feel free to message me privately or leave your questions below this post.”

Mr Frank Mugisha, the Executive Director of Sexual Minority Group Uganda, said Ms Kalende’s decision to quit the community will have psychological impact on many members who are still being victimized.

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