For the first time ever, LGBT people in Limpopo will have a day to proudly celebrate their community and sexual identity in the streets of Polokwane.
The Limpopo Pride march is being organised by Limpopo LGBT Proudly Out, a year-and-a-half old group based in the province.
“The march is about allowing people to understand that we are here. Being gay or lesbian is still a taboo in Limpopo,” Cindy Molefe, one of the organisers, told Mambaonline.
“We aim to educate society on our right to live freely and to fight homophobia, including hate crimes, discrimination, and corrective rape,” she added.
The Saturday 12 May parade will start at SABC Park on Excelsior St at 10 a.m. It will move to Hans Van Rensburg St, then along Rabe St and end at the Polokwane Cricket Club on Voortrekker St, at around 12.30 p.m.
Celebrations will continue at the Cricket Club with stalls, music, DJs and picnics. Organisers have warned that participants will not be allowed to bring bottles into the venue but can take canned drinks.
The event has been backed by the City of Polokwane, which has agreed to provide police, traffic officers and the use of the Cricket Park.
“There is lots of verbal abuse and still a lot of stigma and bullying towards LGBT people in Polokwane,” said Molefe. “We hope that people will learn from this event.”
For more information about Limpopo Pride contact Cindy Molefe on 078 108 7717 / 084 372 6049 or at email@example.com.