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LIMPOPO PRIDE 2012

Limpopo’s Successful First Gay Pride!


Kopano Sibeko

The first ever Limpopo Gay Pride March was a success full of mixed emotions. The emotions expressed the most were that of excitement and pride. The jubilant crowd from different parts of Limpopo were armed with placards and banners expressing pride as LGBTI people and sending across messages combating discrimination.

As this was the first gay pride parade, attendance during the march was not as expected by the organisers, less number of people participated in the march. FEW re-assured the organisers that with time people will feel comfortable and safe to take part in the march and Limpopo pride will grow bigger and bigger each year because the community will be aware of the impact the march creates.

Mahlatse Modila from the Observer Newspaper said “I expected to see a lot of people today. I understand though that a lot of people here in Polokwane are still in the closet. They fear that the media is here and they are scared to show face, but hopefully next year will be better”

Andries Sefole who was at the march said” I’m glad that finally Limpopo has a Gay pride, it was long overdue. What we need to do now is treat this thing like a baby and nurture it”. He also added that being openly gay in Polokwane is still a taboo but slowly but surely people are getting the jinx of all this, the more we speak out the more we’ll be heard.

The atmosphere was very welcoming and the Limpopo police and traffic officers came in big numbers to ensure safety of the marchers, they supported the crowd until the march was over, one police man walked with the parade from start to the end of the march!

Organisations such as Out-Wellbeing; Shout It Now supported the event with their mobile clinics, Anova Health and others with pamphlets and other information.  Open Closet graced the event with an official after party at Thornhill.

FEW CONGRATULATES THE ORGANISERS OF LIMPOPO PRIDE FOR A WELL ORGANISED PRIDE, WE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT LIMPOPO PRIDE IN 2013!

And thank you to all that attended to make it a success it turned out to be!

Solidarity

Contact us directly for any queries.

Dikeledi Sibanda/Phindi

Tel: 011 403 1906/ 076 5123 874

Email: info@sowetopride.co.za/phindim@few.org.za/project1@few.org.za