Gay pride to say it out loud
SHORT shorts, muscle shirts, super skinny jeans and micro-minis will be the order of the day when dancer and choreographer Somizi Mhlongo, Koyo Bala and flamboyant blogger Mika Stephano join thousands of other revellers for Joburg Pride next month.
The parade started with just 1,000 activists 22 years ago. They marched through Hillbrow and the Joburg city centre, many of them wearing masks or paper bags to cover their faces.
Today it is Africa's largest, loudest and oldest annual gay event.
Radio jock and TV presenter Pabi Moloi will attend the event on October 6 along with master of ceremonies Bujy Bikwa of SABC1's Dance Your Butt Off fame.
Bikwa said: "It is the celebration of my sexual liberation. It is still relevant because it is a platform to liberate those who are still oppressed because of their sexual orientation."
Another celebrity who will attend is Kgomotso Seboko, owner of KS Models.
"I feel I owe it to all the oppressed gay people out there to add a voice that says no to the oppression of gay people. For me the celebrations demystify being gay," said Seboko.
This year's entertainment line-up includes Tamara Dey, Ola, Crazy White Boy and DJ Erica Elle.
Joburg Pride 2012 spokesman Thami Kotlolo said that South Africa's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities would stand together as one, to protect and to support the Constitution and its protection of fundamental human rights.