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Soweto Pride Returns!

by Kellyn Botha


16 October 2017, South Africa

On 30 September Iranti went to Soweto Pride, organised by the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW) annually since 2004, as a response to the inaccessibility of Johannesburg Pride, which was too far and too expensive for many LGBTI+ Soweto residents to attend.

 

Last year saw outrage from the LGBTI+ community when Soweto Pride was cancelled due to unfair restrictions placed on the event by the state, which classified it as “medium risk” after it had been considered “low risk” each year prior. The new categorisation came with pressure to charge participants for entry, and have increased police presence, which many saw as the state policing queer black bodies and expression.

 

Gladly, FEW has managed to revive this much-needed event this year and provide the local community with a way to be visible and take pride in identities which are still considered Taboo by many in South Africa.

 

 

 

Members of the LGBTI Community March the streets of Soweto to create visibility and assert their right to equality. Photo by: Sandisiwe Dlamini

Members of the LGBTI Community March the streets of Soweto to create visibility and assert their right to equality. Photo by: Sandisiwe Dlamini

Music and dance filled the air as the Pride march, not seen since 2015, moved through the streets of Soweto, Johanneburg. Photo by: Sandisiwe Dlamini

Music and dance filled the air as the Pride march, not seen since 2015, moved through the streets of Soweto, Johanneburg.
Photo by: Sandisiwe Dlamini

A staple of Pride celebrations around the world has always been to dress up. Participants and onlookers alight both let their colours show. Photo by: Sandisiwe Dlamini

A staple of Pride celebrations around the world has always been to dress up. Participants and onlookers alight both let their colours show. Photo by: Sandisiwe Dlamini

Music and poetry performances were presented after the march, with guests and organisers speaking on issues faced by Black, Queer Womxn in South Africa to this day. Photo by: Sandisiwe Dlamini

Music and poetry performances were presented after the march, with guests and organisers speaking on issues faced by Black, Queer Womxn in South Africa to this day. Photo by: Sandisiwe Dlamin

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
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