Celebrating 30th years of Johannesburg Pride Parade and Festival and officially launching of Pride of Africa.
Building on last year’s theme of ‘Authentically You’, Pride of Africa will officially be introduced in 2019 as a unified platform and voice for a diverse community. The platform will see the introduction of a lifestyle conference and youth shelter, in addition to supporting events being hosted across Africa. This includes the continent’s longest running pride event: Johannesburg Pride. The intent is to build individual and collective pride within the communities across Africa.After 30 years of advocacy and celebration, Johannesburg Pride has grown to become the most established and well-attended pride event in South Africa. Attracting an increasing number of supporters throughout Africa every year; it has become a key supporter in the African LGBTQ+ME space. As a result, it has adopted a much bigger cause, going beyond the parade and beyond its own borders, striving to foster a culture of authenticity, acceptance, and support.
In order to capture the intention, collaboration, and strength of Pride of Africa, a new visual identity was created to represent equality and acceptance across the continent. Underpinning this new identity is a symbl of liberation and unity: a flag inspired by those of all 54 African countries. A banner that helps to create a positive stance for a continent where the community faces such overwhelming negativity. A emblem that says you are accepted, you are welcome, and you are safe where this flag flies.
The 30th Johannesburg Pride Parade and Festival will take place on Saturday, 26 October 2019 in Sandton. Gates will open at 12h00 and the march will start at 14h00. To find out more about this year’s event, visit www.johannesburgpride.co.za follow Johannesburg Pride on social media.
In addition to the Johannesburg Pride Parade and Festival, Pride of Africa will also be hosting:
• 12 October 2019: Pride of Africa Lifestyle Conference
Authentic dialogue is a vital part of our development. Pride of Africa Lifestyle Conference is a platform where we promote dialogue and to ensure we impart the most authentic and positive messages and information we seek subject matter experts to facilitate key discussion during the conference. Building on last year’s successful Lifestyle Conference join us this year for deep dive seasons into the Relevance of Pride, Insightful discussion around gender identity and sexual orientation.
• 19 October 2019: Pride of Africa Awards
Reward is key to ensure continued commitment. In our community we have unsung hero’s who work in their own time at there own cost to empower and enrich the lives of the LGBTQ+ Community. The Pride of Africa Awards was created specifically to recognise and highlight the phenomenal work these game changers and what they are doing towards LGBTQ+ ME upliftment.
• 20 October 2019: Pride of Africa Brunch
What’s a Pride of Africa Month without the glitz and the glamour? To balance the critical hard hitting conversations we bringing you a fun morning with one of the most popular Ru Paul Drag Performers of all seasons, the early birds will even get the opportunity of a meet n greet with the blonde bomb shell and our 30th Johannesburg Pride Grand Marshall Brook Lyn Hytes. Don’t miss out on the Strawberry’s and Champagne
• 26 October 2019: Johannesburg Pride Parade and Festival Weekend
Its Pride Weekend we kick off the celebrate yourself weekend with a Pre-Pride Party at Babylon the Joburg Bar. Followed by the Gayest day of the year that Johannesburg ever sees. Johannesburg Pride scheduled for the 26th October 2019 is set to razzle and dazzle everyone. It is with great sadness we must inform you that we have outgrown Melrose Arch. It is with Tremendous Joy we tell you that will be conquering Sandton. Yes! Johannesburg Pride is set to move to the streets of the new central business district and economic hub of Johannesburg, Sandton. We are pleased to inform you that we have managed to secure support of Sandton City Mall, Sandton Central, Vodacom, Visa, and several prominent corporates. We are further pleased to announce This year Johannesburg Pride is making every effort to ensure all Pride goers have a fantastic day, we are set to ensure all stalls for Food, commercial and the bar have a world renowned cashless payments solution, Tap, Samsung pay, Fitbit and Garmin in addition to cash will be available as payment options.
To round of this Fabulous month the Pride of Africa exclusive Entertainment Partner Babylon the Joburg Bar will host a Johannesburg Pride After Party so for the best finale in town don’t miss out on what Babylon has to offer.
Pride of Africa month is set to start on the 29th September 2019 and will run until the 27th October 2019. October’s dancing cards are all pencilled in, feather up and show up. Can’t wait to celebrate you with you this October.
History and Purpose of the Parade
While South Africa champions equality laws and the rights of sexual and gender minorities, the unfortunate reality is that LGBTQ+ME communities across the continent still face significant legal, social and cultural barriers. The right of all South Africans to exercise their constitutional freedom of association and demonstration is vividly juxtaposed to the gay murders, corrective rapes, workplace discrimination, and transphobia that has occurred across the continent.
These events continue to highlight the selective discrimination faced by the LGBTQ+ME Community. Over the last few years Johannesburg Pride has made a conscious effort to actively support the community beyond its own borders. Attracting an increasing number of supporters throughout Africa each year, the event champions unity and inclusivity for LGBTQ+ME people not just in South Africa, but across the continent.
About the Committee
The committee represents all interested LGBTQ+ groups and was formed for the express purpose of the organising and facilitating the efficacious administration of the event. The committee is an affiliated member of International Association of Pride Organizers (InterPride).
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