Wednesday, July 15, 2009

It's Pride in Johannesburg - Sat 3 Oct

It's Pride time in Johannesburg in October.

Joburg Pride is an annual celebration of the lesbian and gay community in Gauteng.

The 1990 Joburg Pride March was the first lesbian and gay pride parade to take place on the African continent. It was organised by the Gay and Lesbian Organisation of the Witwatersrand (GLOW) headed by the late legendary gay rights and anti-apartheid activist Simon Nkoli. Many of the participants wore brown paper bags over their head out of fear for their safety.

The event has taken place every year since then, making the 2009 Joburg Gay Pride Festival the 20th annual Pride event in the city. Today, Joburg Pride is organised by a Section 21 company run by a board of volunteers.

The after-party is the Vawter Fireman's Ball 2009 - best event not to be missed. See the poster on the events panel to the left for booking information.

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