Gay abandon

A decade ago a gay entertainment spot in any South African township was not only a remote possibility but also unthinkable.

A decade ago a gay entertainment spot in any South African township was not only a remote possibility but also unthinkable.

But thanks to the tide of liberalism that has been sweeping through the country 13 years into our democracy, new attitudes towards sexuality and cultural sensibilities abound.

Interestingly the first gay restaurant in Soweto opened its doors recently with hardly a murmur of protest from the local folk. No one saw red at the advent of this "pink revolution".

Tolerance of burgeoning gay communities in the townships has quietly taken hold since 1994. It seems the new attitude among the township folk is that gays can strut their stuff however and wherever - just as long as they respect other people's right to freedom of association.

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