A man has conquered Uganda’s highest mountain and claimed it for LGBTI rights.
Neal Gottlieb, a US ice cream company owner and activist, climbed to the summit of Margherita Peak in order to protest Uganda’s new anti-gay laws. He reached the top of the 16,763 feet mountain and mounted a gay rainbow pride flag after a six day climb on 16 April.
“Your country’s highest point is no longer its soil, its snow or a summit marker, but rather a gay pride flag waving brilliantly, shining down from above as a sign of protest and hope behalf of the many thousands of Ugandans that you seek to repress and the many more that understand the hideous nature of your repressive legislation,” Gottlieb said in a letter to Uganda president his excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
Gottlieb climbed the mountain with the help of Ugandan guides, who apparently had no idea what the flag stands for and they didn’t ask.
Concluding his letter, he said: “If you don’t like said flag on your highest peak, I urge you to climb up and take it down.”