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Joburg Pride 2011


16 September, 2011

A scene from previous Pride
JOHANNESBURG — Joburg Pride, the largest and oldest gay and lesbian event on the African continent, will be celebrating its 22nd birthday on Saturday 1st October 2011 at Zoo Lake Sports Club.

The Joburg Pride Board calls on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community and supporters of the community to take part. Bring your family, friends and pets to celebrate our sexual diversity and freedoms in a fabulous and memorable day of celebration.

The 2011 Pride Parade, featuring a host of colourful floats and thousands of revellers, will kick off from Zoo Lake Sports Club at 11am through the streets of Rosebank.

No alcohol is permitted to be consumed in the Parade and participants are reminded to wear sunscreen and a hat or cap.

Marchers return back to Zoo Lake Sports Club for the rest of the Pride Day festivities until 5pm. Revellers will be entertained by local artists and DJS.

Besides the entertainment there will also be Pride stalls – with all sorts of goodies on display and on sale — bars, food stalls for refreshments. Stalls of LGBT organisations will also be ther in order to educate the public about their organisation.

Attendees should note that no drink, food or related containers will be allowed into the venue. Joburg Pride, which is a not-for-profit organisation and generates income to put on the free event in large part through the sale of food and drinks on the day, requests the understanding of the public in this regard.

Highlighting the deteriorating human rights landscape for LGBT people across Africa and the world, Joburg Pride 2011 is proud to present the theme for this year. The aim to creatively, without fail and without shame, encourage society to speak out and take action against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender hate crime. The entire community needs to consistently drive the message that being gay or lesbian is NOT a fashion statement, a sickness, a crime, a curse or a choice.

Joburg Pride 2011, in celebration of 22 years of existence, will march under the human rights theme of Born This Gay on Saturday, 1 October 2011, calling for the protection of all human rights protected in South Africa�s constitution, but especially those of sexual minorities who are victimised on a daily basis. – From Joburg Pride

  • 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 2011 Joburg Gay Pride Festival the 22nd annual Pride event in the city. Today, Joburg Pride is organised by a Section 21 company run by a board of volunteers.

    See the Joburg Pride website for more details and to view the fabulous Born This Gay video.


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