The European Union (EU) embassies from various countries in Kigali City raised the rainbow flag in support of the LGBTIQ+ community around the world to mark the International Day against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.
The embassies put up their flags on May 17, including Belgium, Great Britain, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
The EU Embassy in Rwanda explained that it was part of supporting the community to celebrate #IDAHOBIT2023.
“Today we celebrate the power of diversity. Let’s put an end to discrimination, hate speech and violence against LGBTIQ+ people everywhere, every day,” said the Dutch.
In Rwanda, there is no law that specifically supports LGBTIQ+ people or against them but many African countries including Uganda are denouncing homosexuality.
In 2016, President Paul Kagame assured the Rwandan Diaspora and friends that Rwanda is a peaceful country where everyone is supportive of each other.
“It hasn’t been our problem. And we don’t intend to make it our problem,” said Kagame,who first took a minute-long pause, while speaking at Rwanda Cultural Day in San Francisco, California.