5 Facts about Pride
If you haven’t heard of “Pride” yet Choma, it’s an amazing, colourful celebration of equality and diversity. It takes place every year on different dates and in different parts of the world. The Pride marches include people of all types of sexuality: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersexual and Asexual (often simply referred to as LGBTQIA) and heterosexual (‘straight’) people. But Pride is not just about the celebrations and parades Choma, it’s much deeper than that. So here are some facts to show you why this event is so important and worth being a part of.
The first SA pride march was in 1990
Did you know, on the 13th of October in 1990, the Pride march happened for the first time in Johannesburg? This was really exciting and scary at the time because it was the first Pride march to ever happen in Africa. I’m sure you can imagine how much disapproval the event got from communities that were against homosexuality. But despite the hate and disapproving looks, the crowd of around 800 people still marched on with pride!
SA was the first African country to legalise gay marriage
Choma, the reason for the march wasn’t only to express pride for a sexual identity that was (and still is) seen as “socially unacceptable”, but it was also to decriminalize homosexuality & legalize same-sex marriage in the country - a battle that was won on 14 November 2006.
This year’s theme is #RespectDiversity
Every year, the march has a different theme and this year’s one is all about respecting diversity. Respecting something means that even if you don’t agree with it, you still give it space to exist. So no matter what your beliefs are, everyone has the right to express who they are freely and without fear. The colour theme for this year is yellow, taken from the Pride flag. The colour also symbolizes happiness - and where there is respect, there is happiness!
Pride is important for communities
Choma, as much as it is a fun thing to do, we should never forget the importance of an event like this. When more people attend Pride, it helps spread awareness about the injustices and discrimination still being faced by the LGBT community. Read more about why pride is important here. here.
At the end of the day Choma, it’s all about making sure everyone is equal and free to live life in a safe environment, and free to be who they are and to love who they want. It’s about making sure that we’re a true reflection of the inclusive democracy we have on paper and allowing silenced voices to be heard. It’s about being proud of the way you were born, no matter what!
Will you be marching in the parade Choma? If you’re going, let me know in the comments below.
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Pride marches around the country
Here’s a list of places where pride marches have taken place around SA. If there’s a march happing in your area, don’t be afraid to take part next time it happens. If you’re in an area where there isn’t a march, maybe you can think about rounding up your friends to start one Choma!
- Meadowlands, Soweto
- KwaThema, Ekurhuleni
- Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth
- Cape Town
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