I’m no longer a lesbian-Val Kalende

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Val Kalende

Well known Ugandan LGBTI [LGBT, or GLBT, is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] activist, Val Kalende, says she is no longer a lesbian.

Val went live Salt television on Sunday to announce she is no longer gay; and is to be married soon.

During the “Sunday Service Live”, Val also made sensational claims that other LGBTIQ activists wanted to kill her.

Val Kalende, a journalist, won asylum in Canada on September 8, 2015.

She had been back and forth between Uganda, the United States and Canada seeking political asylum.

After a journey spanning more than four years and two continents, she settled in Toronto after a two-month process before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB).

She was then a public figure in the Ugandan LGBT rights movement and identified herself as genderqueer.

Kalende once enjoyed a career in journalism as a features writer at Daily Monitor, one of Uganda’s leading independent newspapers.

Some of their articles on human rights issues, entertainment and education are still available on the paper’s website.

Confession

“I was born in Kansanga and have relatives in Kyebando. I joined lesbianism right after Makerere University. I’m born of Christian parents. All of them cut their ties with me for being gay. I became an orphan,” she narrated.

Val who studied from St Joseph’s Nsambya says Satan lured her into the acts at that time.

“I became rebellious. We always wondered why the world forced us to become girls who do not love men. We were even arrested from a conference and arrested. We were detained at Central Police Station and even taken to court.”

Val even left her job at Monitor to pursue her gay career. She was taken to US during the time of Barack Obama to visit different gay organisations.

“Right now, I have no peace of mind. I sometimes break down and cry wondering why am like this. I’m now back home and have been saved.”

She says gays make one believe one is loved and in the end break one away from friends and family.

Leaving Uganda 

Val Kalende
Val Kalende

Yet in October 2007, Kalende chose to leave the paper to focus on LGBT rights activism, according to Newsweek.

Kalende put their journalistic skills to use, conducting community-based research into the needs of LGBT people in Uganda through organisations including Freedom and Roam Uganda, and Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG).

In 2010, Kalende began four years of travel between Uganda and the United States, attending human rights conferences and speaking engagements.

But it was not until the passing of Uganda’s infamous Anti-Homosexuality Act in February 2014 that Kalende considered leaving their homeland for good.

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