Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

28 February 2014

South Africa: GroundUp - Is Cape Town Pride Serious About Gay Rights?

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Cape Town Pride 2014 (CTP) takes place from 21 February to 1 March. The annual festival aims to celebrate gay rights in South Africa. This year's theme is "uniting cultures in Cape Town". However, people from communities around Cape Town have said that they feel CTP excludes them and the serious issues affecting them as gay people.

CTP is known for its flamboyant floats, music and parties. But Free Gender, an organisation of black lesbians, sounded a less festive note yesterday when it announced that it would be suspending its participation in CTP this week.

Funeka Soldaat, a founding member of Free Gender, said that they would wait until the Cape Town Pride Annual General Meeting where LGBTI individuals and organisations will discuss a strategy for moving Cape Town Pride forward. Free Gender campaigns for gay rights in Khayelitsha. Members meet every month with the police to discuss matters concerning the community and the police.

Funeka said that Free Gender will propose that there should be one committee that must plan Pride events throughout Cape Town, including areas like Nyanga, Mitchell's Plain, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha. She also said that they want CTP to be more representative. It should have more...

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