SA man rides 12?000?km to promote gay rights

2015-01-12 00:00

SOUTH African cyclist Nate Freeman will make a 12 000 km trek for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) rights in Africa.

On Friday, Freeman set off on a four-month bicycle ride from Egypt to Cape Town with a group of 30 cyclists.

This is part of the Out in Africa Ride project, a larger initiative formed to promote LGBTI rights that was created by a group of former law clerks from the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

Director of Pietermaritzburg Gay and Lesbian Network Anthony Waldhausen said Freeman will cycle 12 000 kilometres from Cairo and will ride through 10 countries, at a pace of about 120 kilometres per day.

The route will traverse the eastern part of the continent, before heading west to Windhoek and then south to Cape Town, where Freeman will arrive on May 9.

“Nate will be the only rider in the group who is riding for the Out in Africa Ride organisation. The cyclists will camp every night along the way and will take one or two rest days per week,” Waldhausen said.

He said they aim to identify and fund a number of local non-profit organisations across the continent that are fighting discrimination and advocating for the protection of LGBTI people.

“Our philosophy is to serve as a liaison between donors and local non-profit organisations, to promote visibility for them and to create dialogue, and provide a forum in which new and existing organisations can receive ideas, inspiration and support from other non-profits across the continent.”

Waldhausen said they have raised over R20 000 so far.

“We are honoured and privileged to have been chosen as a partner for this very important project, and the funds raised would support our vision to create a non-discriminatory, supportive and accepting society in which members of all communities are uplifted and developed.”

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