GAY & LESBIAN PRIDE NEWS|
Joburg celebrates 21st birthday in style
About Joburg Pride
4 October, 2010
JOHANNESBURG — Africa's first and largest LGBT Pride event saw a record estimated 18,000 people turning out on Saturday to show that We Are All African in our sexual and gender diversity.
The 21st Joburg Pride Parade and Festival, supported by Tang Sour Apple, Power Play, OUT, Health4Men and 94.7, took place at Zoo Lake Sports Club in Johannesburg on October 2nd.
"We're extremely happy with Saturday's event," said Joburg Pride Co-Chair Tanya Harford. "We believe that we delivered on our mandate to put on an event that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and that carries our message out to the media and public. Without all the people that took part, we don't have a voice," she said.
Kicking off at 10am, the festive Pride parade wound its way through the streets of Rosebank. The colourful procession – featuring thousands of marchers and numerous floats and open top buses – brought traffic to a standstill as people lined the streets to watch the celebration.
The event, which received considerable media exposure this year, was held under the theme of We Are All African to highlight the deteriorating human rights landscape for LGBT people across Africa.
"The We Are All African theme is a call for LGBT Africans to affirm and assert their African-ness. Sexual diversity is a normal aspect of the human spectrum and we want this to be accepted on the continent as part of its rich tapestry of cultural, religious, ethnic and linguistic diversity," said Joburg Pride Co-Chair Zak Mbhele.
Following the parade's return to Zoo Lake Sports Club, the celebrations continued until 6pm with live entertainment, featuring various local performers, deejays and drag shows. A highlight was a powerful sneak performance by award winning British pop-star Sonique, who later headlined the Official Joburg Pride After-party that night at the Standard Bank Arena.
Aside from the entertainment at Zoo Lake Sports Club, the daytime event also featured numerous stalls, bars, food stands, a kiddies' play area and LGBT community organisations. OUT and Health4Men hosted their Pride Village and offered HIV testing, counselling and advice.
Joburg Pride Co-Chair Tanya Harford thanked the thousands who came out to celebrate Joburg Pride 2010, as well as the event's sponsors and supporters: "We would like to thank DGB, SAB, ABI, OUT, Health4Men, 94.7, the Multi-Agency Grants Initiative, MJ Event Gear and Zoo Lake Sports Club. We're also very grateful for the assistance of the Joburg Metro Police, the South African Police Service and Think Bike who marshalled the event."
For more info visit www.joburgpride.org. – Issued by Joburg Pride Gay Festival
See photos of Joburg Pride 2010 here
Also see the article on Pink News
Joburg Pride is an annual celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Gauteng, South Africa. The 1990 Joburg Pride March was the first lesbian and gay pride parade to take place on the African continent. The event has taken place every year since then, making the 2010 Joburg Gay Pride Festival the 21st annual Pride event in the city. Today, Joburg Pride is organised by a Section 21 company run by a board of volunteers.