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Joburg Set for Pride 2011
Joburg Pride, the largest and oldest gay and lesbian event on the African continent, will be celebrating its 21st birthday on Saturday 1st October 2011 at Zoo Lake Sports Club. This year's theme is Born This Gay. Read more
Fuse lit for Africa's biggest Gay party
Plans are well underway for Africa's biggest gay Pride after-party – the annual Fireman's Ball – guaranteed to set Joburg alight during the Pride weekend on October 1st.
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Cape Town Pride 2011
After months of planning and preparation Pride 2011 is about to happen! A committee of volunteers have been hard at work putting together an 11 day festival which starts on 24 February and runs until 6 March 2011. Read more

  • Joburg Pride statement on arrest of gays and lesbians in Vosloorus
    Joburg celebrates 21st birthday in style
    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 took place at Zoo Lake Sports Club. Read more

    Sonique to debut new tracks at Joburg Pride After-Party
    British pop-star and DJ Sonique will debut three new tracks at the Joburg Pride Official After-party on October 2nd at the Standard Bank Arena.
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    Africa's largest Gay & Lesbian celebration on 2nd Oct
    Joburg Pride, the largest and oldest gay and lesbian event on the African continent, will be celebrating its 21st birthday on Saturday 2nd October 2010 at Zoo Lake Sports Club. Read more

    Sonique to rock Std Bank Arena
    British pop-star and DJ Sonique, powered by Cintron Liquid Energy, will perform at the world-class Standard Bank Arena on Saturday October 2nd for the Joburg Pride Official After-party. Read more

    Benefit screening of Dorian Gray
    A special screening of Dorian Gray starring Ben Barnes and Colin Firth is being held. All profits will go towards supporting Joburg Pride So book your ticket now. Read more

    Sonique to put a spell on Joburg Pride
    Award-winning British pop-star and dance-floor DJ Sonique is set to celebrate Joburg Pride at the Official Joburg Pride After-party on Saturday October 2nd 2010. This will be the first time in four years that Joburg Pride will host an after-party. Read more

  • Joburg Pride and the after-party
  • Joburg Pride condems xenophobia
    Joburg Pride to champion gay and lesbian Africans
    Highlighting the deteriorating human rights landscape for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across Africa, Joburg Pride will be reminding the continent’s people, politicians and religious leaders that: We’re ALL African.
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    Joburg Pride 2010 AGM
    Joburg Pride will be hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM), at which the public is invited to give its input, on Saturday April 24 at Zoo Lake Sports Club from 11 am.
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    Cape Town Pride's latest Press Release
    Cape Town Pride is extremely keen to have all of you join us in making CT Pride 2010 an event that reflects the depth, breadth and extent of our "community", friends, family and associates.
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  • Cape Town Pride: 26 February - 7 March 2010
    Joburg rocks to the beat of Pride 2009
    An estimated fifteen thousand gays and lesbians – and their friends and families – descended on Zoo Lake Sports Club in Johannesburg on Saturday morning to celebrate the 20th annual Joburg Gay Pride Parade, presented by 94.7 Highveld Stereo. Read more
    Joburg prepares to celebrate Pride
    The city of Johannesburg is preparing to celebrate its vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community with the 20th annual Joburg Pride Day, presented by 94.7 Highveld Stereo, taking place this Saturday 3rd October at Zoo Lake Sports Club from 9am. Read more
  • Martina Navratlova supports Joburg Pride ‘09
  • See Pedro with Pride
    Gauteng Prides 2009
    Its Pride season in Gauteng once again and the Joint Working Group and the 070707 campaign are calling on all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Allied people to take to the streets for the three events we have coming up in the Province.
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    Become a friend of Joburg Pride
    Joburg Pride has launched ‘Friends of Joburg Pride’: a new fund-raising initiative that will allow members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community to play a direct role in keeping Pride healthy and vibrant. Read more
    Joburg Pride reveals 20th annversary theme
    Organisers of Joburg Pride, Africa’s oldest gay and lesbian event, have announced their theme for 2009: You Need Pride. On this, the 20th anniversary of Joburg Pride, the theme aims to highlight the importance of Pride – both historically and in today’s world. Read more
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    Thousands show their Pride in Joburg
    An estimated ten thousand gays and lesbians – and their friends and families – took to the streets of Rosebank on Saturday morning to celebrate Joburg Gay Pride 2008. Under the banner of ‘Love, Not Hate’, the 19th gay pride parade in the city’s history, aimed this year to highlight the recent spate of hate crimes against members LGBT community. Read more
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  • Joburg Pride Wall of Rememberance
  • Joburg Pride 2008 to show it's love
  • RuPaul film premiere to raise funds for Joburg Pride
  • SA’s top gay DJs to join RuPaul at Viva La Glam Party!
  • RuPaul brings 'glam' to Pride week
  • Countdown to Joburg Pride 2008
    Theme for Joburg Pride 2008 announced
    The Joburg Pride Board has revealed the theme for the anticipated 2008 event, scheduled for October, at its Annual General Meeting in Johannesburg on Saturday 10th May. In light of the continued threat to the lives of lesbian and gay South Africans, the theme Love, Not Hate was chosen to highlight the ongoing hate crimes crisis. Read more
    Cape Town Pride 2008
    The theme this year is Pride Heroes - Everyone's a Hero! This theme is to celebrate all the heroes in our community to have helped pave the way in the LGBTI community AND it is to celebrate the HERO in YOU! We are all heroes in our own way, for what we have done to get this far – and for standing up for ourselves. Pride salutes each and everyone of you. Read more
    Thousands celebrate Joburg Pride in the rain
    An estimated five thousand gays and lesbians – and their friends and families – turned out for the 18th annual Joburg Pride Parade in Rosebank, Johannesburg, Saturday despite the inclement weather. Read more or View gallery
  • Pride set to paint Joburg pink
  • Joburg Pride 2007: Not just a party
  • Coming of Age: Joburg Pride 2007
  • Johannesburg Pride marks 18th anniversary
  • Exclusive invitation to Joburg Pride 2007 premiere
  • Countdown to Joburg Pride 2007
  • Joburg's Gay Pride to come of age in Rosebank
  • Cape Town — Highlights from the first weekend
  • View some scenes from the Cape Town Pride Pageant
    Joburg's Gay Pride comes of age
    The annual Johannesburg Gay Pride parade comes of age in 2007, celebrating its 18th year of existence. The Coming of Age parade will be held in October this year. The newly-formed Joburg Pride Company has announced its plans for the 2007 annual gay parade. The organisation, which is pending registration as a 'Section 21 Not For Gain Company', is comprised of volunteer members of the local gay community. Read more
  • Cape Town Pride Newsletter — January 2007
    Scene from last year's Pride Cape Town Pride Festival 2007
    The Cape Town Pride Festival runs from the 15th February to the 25th February 2007, and so far we have confirmed over twenty five events, from fun parties which are the sizzling Pride Red Party and the fabulous Street Parade & Party. Read more
    Cape Town Pride 2007 extended to 11 days
    Cape Town Pride’s 2007 festival kicked off on 6 September. At the organization’s first meeting held after the 2006 AGM, the decision was taken to extend the 2007 Festival by an extra day, making it an 11-day celebration. Read more
  • New blood for Joburg Pride

    Johannesburg Gay Pride 2006 "Be Proud.... Speak Out"
    The South African Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade and Fair Day (previously Mardi Gras) is now in its 17th year. In 2003 on one single day the event grew to a staggering 20 000 people with more than 35 decorated floats vying for media attention. Read more
    CT Pride Annual General Meeting 2006
    The AGM for Cape Town's 2007 Pride has been set for 19 AUGUST 2006 at 14:00, Off-Broadway (alongside On Broadway in Short Market Street.) We will review Pride 2006 – the financial information and what will happen with Pride's structure. Read more
    © CapeTown Pride Cape Town Gay pride festival has something for everyone
    The 2006 Cape Town Pride Festival started on Friday, and the pink people turned out in style to celebrate at the opening events. The weekend’s opening events were a rave, with the mini-Pride parade held in Guguletu on Sunday. Read more
    Cape Town Gay pride celebration kicks off
    Cape Town Pride Festival has something for everyone. Join in uniting the cultures of Cape Town and support the first LGBT shelter in Africa. The Festival kicks off on Friday 17th with the Red Party at Cruz in GreenPoint. Miss Gay Pride 2006 will be crowned and there are prizes to be won. Read more
    CT launching with 'Pride'
    Cape Town Pride is holding its business launch on Thursday in an effort to bring together gay and gay-friendly business owners in a networking evening and to get them involved in the 2006 festival. The organisation has a new direction for the coming year that includes bringing together members of the various lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities in the Western Cape. Read more
    Pride and prejudice
    In this article by Melanie Judge and Helen Wells both from OUT, they touch on the Equality Clause in the South African Constitution which is the first in the world to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and ask has this been implemented? Read more
    Sweet Sixteen
    Johannesburg's 16th Pride march, aptly themed Sweet Sixteen started a new era in the march, returninig to the city. The march was marred by one ugly incident, more news on that at a later stage, but now view our galleries Gallery 1 and Gallery 2.
    Lesbian and Gay PRIDE Heritage Week
    16 September to 24 September 2005 Constitution Hill — all the events, venues, times and happenings leading to the 2005 Pride March.
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    Joburg City supports Joburg Pride
    The route for the Johannesburg Lesbian and Gay Pride March has been approved by the Metro Police Department and the City of Joburg has confirmed its support in supplying essential services for the March to be staged. Read more

    Celebrating SA Pride in book form
    Gala, in conjunction with Mail & Guardian journalist Shaun de Waal and other researchers, want to compile a book that celebrates Pride through pictures, memories and the personal stories of people involved – whether as organizers, speakers, performers, or just ordinary people who went along for fun.
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    CT's biggest pride yet
    Sat 26'th of february saw this year's Cpe Town Pride Parade draw the biggst crowd todate. Our Freedom to Love was this year's pay off line.
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    CT Pride news update
    Read about this weekend's events leading to the big day. They include a Race Day, a beauty pageant and a church service.
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    CT Pride 2005
    Final year graphic design and photography students from the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography were asked to come up with a visual communication campaign for the 2005 PRIDE FESTIVAL incorporating Cape Town PRIDE'S pay-off line for 2005 Our freedom to love. Read more

    'Wedding March' ends in divorce
    It is safe to say that this year's Pride was marred by a string of bad articles regarding the Pride organizers debt history. In the spirit of building a community bond, and other players within the community supported the efforts to get this year's Pride up and running.
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    Jhb Pride 2004
    Gay community did not react 'violently' to arrest threats
    Gaypride: 15 years old and still going strong
    Police turn blind eye at gay parade
    FXI supports rights of gays and lesbians to march in outfits
    Gay Pride march: anything goes, as long as it's 'decent'
    Johannesburg Pride: How to have a safe and sexy march
    Pride super B.I.T.C.H party promises to be a party to remember
    Drag Queens express their constitutional rights
    Condemnation of decision to arrest people in drag
    PRIDE 2004 to march ahead

    A woman of serious substance
    If there were ever a woman that must be applauded for the selfless work that she has done for others, then it would be Gail Johnson. She has pioneered the fight against HIV/AIDS. Hence, the Nkosi Children's Haven will be receiving a R10.00 cut from the R30.00 entrance fee to the Pride fairground. Read more

    You'd better be Funcked Up!
    The freedom of choice is one that we should definitely be celebrating this Pride – the choice to be straight or gay, or to dress in drag or wear as little as possible (without exposing the little bits obviously). Read more

    Angelically Explicit
    A face like an angel and a smile like a schoolgirl that just broken into the showers of a boy's gym after a rugby match – that best describes Abi Plaatjies. Abi will be a MC at this year's Pride festivities Read more

    Win with
    And who said didn't care about the LGBT community. Lucky attendees at the Pride festivities may be receiving some fantastic prizes from some of SA's top brands. Brands like Motorola, Virgin Active, EMI Music, Gallo Music, Sheer Music, Net Florist, Body Action, USN, Canderel and Shinzou Day Spa have all donated prizes to potential winners. Read more

    After party clash
    This year promises to be a Clash of the titans with a number of parties around town to celebrate being out and proud. Without much guessing, you can imaging that the two parties to beat will be either the Official Pride party at Turbine Hall or the spectacular alternative at Bitch. Read more

    A wild child for the platinum millennium
    She has easily one of the most recognizable faces in South Africa. Her dark complexion perfectly framed by her long black hair. But it's the eyes that really draw you in and that unbelievable smile that finally captures you. Hlubi Mboyo is taking South Africa by storm. Read more

    Loo company looks to stop Pride Festival
    The organizers of the Joburg Pride Festival are in hot water for allegedly not paying their bills. A marquee-hire company is seeking a court interdict to stop the festival, which gets underway on Saturday, from going ahead unless it is paid. Read more

    SA Pride 2004 festival programme
    And here it is, the list of Pride 2004 events that are sure to keep you educated and entertained, courtesy of the kind people from The Equality Project and Pride Communications.
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    Jhb Pride – The Wedding March! - more news
    More about the event and happenings at this years Johannesburg Gay Pride march, SA Pride has in with the sprit of Umbuntu , a star studded cast lined up for the day concert, the very special line up includes for the first time our very own SA celebrity MC's, among them - Hlubi Mboyo who will head up the task as main MC for the event. Read more

    Nana for Jhb pride
    An interview with the softly spoken diva, Nana, who will be performing at this year's Jhb Pride parade and a chance to win one of five of her debut albums, Five Loaves and Two Fish.
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    Jhb Pride – The Wedding March!
    South Africa's original and largest Gay and Lesbian Pride celebration has been a fixture of the community for 14 years, and now going into it's 15th year of celebration and protest. PRIDE's 15th year coincides with South Africa's 10 years of democracy, the event has aptly be named The Wedding March! Read more

    Dates for Cape Town Pride 2005 announced
    The dates for 2005 Cape Town Pride have been announced. Pride 2005 will take place from the 18th to the 27th of February. The dates will now be publicised internationally in response to numerous requests from local and overseas tour operators who plan to package travel products around the festival.

    Sydney Mardi Gras in the rain
    Members of Sydney's Central Dance Studio get into their act despite the rain at the 26th Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras on Saturday. An estimated 30,000 people turned out as the parade of 6000 danced their way through the streets.

    Pride takes Cape by storm
    Tousands of people took to the streets of Cape Town on Saturday to celebrate '10 Years of Freedom' durring the 3rd annual Cape Pride parade.
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    The 14th Annual Lesbian and gay Parade and Fair Day kicked off on a wonderful 'spring day' with 25 stalls showcasing their merchandise and products amongst them nine charities participated. From airbrushing tattoos to Animals in Distress had many visitors to their stalls and loads of sales made by all. The stalls area is an important part of the event giving a 'flea-market' environment.

  • Daniel Somerville on Pride 2003
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  • Global events Swedish cops march in the annual event as did gays and lesbians in Amsterdam in July.

    Film festival
    The African Film Festival Company is presenting 35 films including the South African film on the life of Granny Lee. See schedule info.
    Sydney Pride
    Australia's capital celebrated its 25th anniversary of gay and lesbian pride. More
    New York Pride
    The Big Apple celebrates 34 years of gay pride in the city that started the gay rights movement.


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