Ekurhuleni to celebrate 8th annual LGBTI Pride

Gauteng’s Pride season is in full swing, with the annual Ekurhuleni Pride holding its 8th edition on Saturday 9 September.

According to the organisers, EPOC, while the event is a celebration of the great strides made in LGBTI equality, it remains primarily a protest against the hate crimes, rapes and assaults against members of the community.

EPOC was formed as a community group in 2009 after the murders of former Banyana Banyana soccer player, Eudy Simelani, and lesbian activist, Girly Nkosi.

The community in Kwa-Thema was outraged and shocked by these and other brutal and gruesome murders, and so a Pride march was planned to take to the streets and demand justice.

Held under the theme of Fighting against Homophobia, Transphobia and Gender Based Violence, this year’s event will start at 10am with a march / street parade beginning and ending at the Kwa-Thema Stadium.

There will then be a formal programme with speeches by activists from the LGBTI community, stakeholders and government officials. This will be followed by an informal programme with performances, music and light refreshments.

Transport to Ekurhuleni Pride from Soweto and the Johannesburg CBD is available. For more information on transport, contact Lonwabo on 061 755 1183.

Date: Saturday, 9 September, 2017
Venue: Kwa-Thema Stadium, Kwa-Thema
Time: 10am to 6pm
Theme: Fighting against Homophobia, Transphobia and Gender Based Violence
Dress code: Shorts and shades and colourful attire/traditional attire
More details: Ntsupe Mohapi – 073 226 3287

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