North West LGBTI community celebrate Pride
6 August 2016, Matlosana (Klerksdorp)
LGBTI pride march and celebration, took to the streets on Saturday, at Klerksdorp Jouberton, North West. According to the organizers, this pride exists to create a space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons to be themselves and celebrate their existence, even though are at times faced by homophobia.
The event started with a march to a park where the LGBTI community could meet and socialize. The crowd was very lively. They sang, chanted and claimed their space in Jouberton. Some had support from their families and heterosexual friends. “I do not think Pride should be celebrated only by queer people, this is an act of resistance and because I love my (lesbian) friend, I will claim that space for her existence and happiness, with her,” said Lebogang Motlhodi from Gauteng.
“Pride is about celebrating ourselves, our sexuality and a statement that we are fighting for our rights, as well as connecting with other queers,” says Lumka from Bloemfontein.