A Cape Town based company has produced a South African version of the LGBT flag. But what’s the point and do we really need one?
P2-ink, consisting of Creative Director Eugene (Huge) Brockman and CEO Henry Bantjez, launched their flag at the recent MCQP party at the Cape Town Stadium.
The design incorporates the rainbow flag, created by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, with the “Y” element of the South African national flag.
“The SA LGBT flag can be a powerful tool to highlight the uniqueness and value of South Africa’s LGBT community,” said the duo via e-mail.
“Also, recent developments in Africa and South Africa have made it clear that we face very different issues from our gay brothers and lesbian sisters abroad, and this flag is a vehicle to raise those issues under one banner.
“The SA LGBT flag aims to stand for the rights of our community who face serious issues such as corrective rape, the myth of ‘the Un-Africanness of Homosexuality’ and a degradation in human rights,” said P2-ink.
They added that bars and restaurants in De Waterkant, Cape Town’s Gay village, are already flying the SA LGBT flag and that it will be a prominent feature of Cape Town Pride, for which Bantjez is marketing manager, at the end of February next year.
P2-ink has also partnered with a leading gay accommodation company to launch a campaign to distribute the flag to gay hotels, guest houses, B&B, bars and restaurants in an effort to consolidate the gay hospitality industry in South Africa.
“Cape Town Tourism has completely embraced the SA LGBT flag and we are working in conjunction with them and IGLTA to make Cape Town even more fabulous for LGBT travellers.”
The duo noted that the flag design is trademarked by P2-ink, which means that its use by anyone else must be approved by the company.
Flags can be bought from the P2-ink website for between R25 and R84 and will also be available through gay establishments in Cape Town.
“We have worked hard to be able to provide the flag at almost half of what was charged on the street for flags during the FIFA World Cup,” P2-ink said.
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