By Dumisani Dube

1st of October marks the beginning of pride month in South Africa. Activist and allies gathered at Constitution Hil in Johannesburg on the 1st of October 2021, braving the rain, clad in rainbow colours to witness the raising of the Pride Flag. 


A momentous occasion it was, Mzansi Gay Choir sang their signature song “Fly your flag high” as the flag slowly took to the sky and was greeted by the blowing wind and waved “Pride is here” 

Thami Dish of the Feather awards thanked all for gracing the occasion and reminded those present what this meant for the queer community. He went on to thank the Constitution Hill for bringing this together. 

Speaking at the same occasion was Dr Dulcy who said it was very important that this event happened at this historically significant venue, the Constitution Hill. Dulcy went on to commend the South African constitution as one of the best in the world even though application might faulter here and there. Also in attendance was Miss Earth 2021 Nompumelo Maduna. 


The event was organised by Feather Awards and Thami Dish foundation in collaboration with Constitution Hill. The first South African Pride was held towards the end of apartheid era in Johannesburg on 13 October 1990, the first such event on the African continent. 

For the rest of the month the rainbow flag will fly at Constitution Hill and many other places declaring and waiving “We are here, we are queer and we are here to stay!”

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