Joburg Pride statement on arrest of gays and lesbians in Vosloorus

21 September, 2010

JOHANNESBURG — Joburg Pride has issued a statement on the reported arrest on Sunday morning of 12 gay and lesbian people, who had earlier attended Joburg Pride, at a party in Vosloorus.

According to reports, police arrested the people at a house party following complaints of loud music. There are allegations by witnesses that some of the people were physically and verbally abused during the arrest.

"Joburg Pride condemns any alleged homophobic behaviour by the authorities and demands that any such behaviour be investigated and dealt with," said Joburg Pride Co-Chair Tanya Harford.

"We do not expect special privileges from the police, but we certainly expect them to respect the sexual orientation of gays and lesbians and their basic human rights. The police must be better instructed to understand and protect the dignity and rights of all South Africans as enshrined in our constitution," she said. – Issued by Joburg Pride Gay Festival

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  • About Joburg Pride
    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.



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