Durban is SA's gayest city - gay group

2011-07-26 13:02

Johannesburg - Durban has declared itself the "gayest" city in the country, The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday.

This is according to the youth leader of the Durban Lesbian and Gay Community Health Centre, Siphokazi Nombande.

Compared with other big cities such as Johannesburg and Cape Town, Durban was the most accommodating towards gay people.

"We have a very small number of hate crimes against gays and lesbians reported in Durban and KwaZulu-Natal in general," he said.

"I would say there are 10 cases that have been reported. But these are the cases that we have records of. There could be many more."

A handful of gays and lesbians converged on the Durban City Hall on Monday to start a week-long Durban Pride Week, aimed at celebrating the "I AM" campaign.

The campaign began when members of the Durban Lesbians and Gays hoisted a Rainbow Flag as a reminder to rise above discrimination, hate crimes, gay-bashing, corrective rape and other injustices faced by lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

One of only two gay DA councillors in the eThekwini municipality, Martin Meyer, said he was proud to be part of the event.

The ANC Youth League's Mdu Khuzwayo said it had been the league's struggle to champion the rights of young people.

  • DJI - 2011-07-26 13:07

    No words.

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-07-26 13:29

      Enough to worry about in all our major cities then oke's holding hands & women with butch haircuts & zig zag tatoos on their arms. So who cares ?

      evereadydude - 2011-07-26 14:12

      Sharks territory, we always knew it!! John Smit plays like one!!

  • jen - 2011-07-26 13:08

    Good for you. Does that mean Zuma and King Whatsisname are members of the tribe (Zulus)that with most gays? ;))

      Optimus-Prime - 2011-07-26 13:11

      can you write using proper grammar and sentence construction?

      delcelton - 2011-07-26 15:22

      @ Optimus Prime hahaha

      jen - 2011-07-26 16:59

      Sorry Prime Optimus, was in a hurry of an bit.

  • HellRaiser - 2011-07-26 13:19

    We love the gays!

  • Chewbacca - 2011-07-26 13:23

    Maybe it's something they eat in Durban that makes them this way? Surely if it was normal you would not need a Gay Pride week. I don't have a Straight pride week.

      Barney Stinson - 2011-07-26 13:27

      I have it on good authority that chewbaccas celebrate their uniqueness with a sort of pride-y event.. How do I know this you ask? Because I'm awesome!

      td89 - 2011-07-26 13:34

      the Oslo shooter was normal as you call it!

      ilollipop - 2011-07-26 13:39

      Picking on people because of their sexual preference is very mature of you. Well done... and no, "I'm straight"

      Riaan - 2011-07-27 13:22

      Nobody is stopping you from holding your own parade. What are you going to celebrate? Being "normal"? LMAO

      Riaan - 2011-07-27 13:22

      Nobody is stopping you from holding your own parade. What are you going to celebrate? Being "normal"? LMAO

  • Civil_Rights - 2011-07-26 13:24

    This article should be in the daily sun.

      Riaan - 2011-07-27 13:22

      Why? Do you enjoy reading the daily sun?

  • LoveSA - 2011-07-26 13:25

    Nee wat, ek dink die Kaap is die gayste plek in die land. Goed om te hoor daar is 'n gay pride in Durbs

      Carbon - 2011-07-26 13:34

      I agree. Cape Town offer a better lifestyle to gays, than any other city in the country. Durban have no attractions to keep the gays busy

      Sean - 2011-07-26 13:38

      they dont need things to keep them occupied - they have each others things to keep them occupied

      Big Al - 2011-07-26 13:40

      Agree. There are more arseh%&es in Cape Town

  • Sean - 2011-07-26 13:36

    right then - THATS the next city to target!!!

      Riaan - 2011-07-27 13:23

      Are you planning a parade of your own? LMAO

  • Nkalakatha - 2011-07-26 13:38

    Durban rocks!!?? "Hit me with your rythm stick darling, hit me"!! You go Martin you go !! Pitty the other six ANC councillors were to shy to set foot out of their offices !!??

  • Sean - 2011-07-26 13:39

    hmm does that mean Durbans getting a bum rap??

  • Matt :-) - 2011-07-26 13:47

    So that's the reason I was led out of Durban to JHB, lol... gays, what about Primrose GP, it's full of them, and not the "clean" Rupert Everett or Ellen Degeneres kind either... more like the female Kobus Wiese lookalikes

      cuckoo2011 - 2011-07-26 17:12

      I laughed out loud at your comment ... a mind picture that cannot be unseen!

      Riaan - 2011-07-27 13:25

      Too bad we can't get away from looney christurds. We are stuck with you just as you are stuck with us. The sooner you get used to it, the sooner you can get back to your fairytale book. LOL

  • 10111 - 2011-07-26 13:48

    DA already starting their election campaign?

  • viruzz.morare - 2011-07-26 13:49

    now i believe why they always say... FACT: DURBAN ROCKS

  • Candice Gardner - 2011-07-26 14:12

    Well at least Durban has that....

  • Rocky - 2011-07-26 14:53

    Keep it that way. JHB has enough problems as it is, we can not have Malema and queens in the same place!

  • td89 - 2011-07-26 15:02

    Come to Sunny South Africa where YOU can experience racism, ageism, sexism and homophobia in the sun and in the shade! That's what we mean when we say "rainbow nation" - an -ISM for every colour of the rainbow!

      Matt :-) - 2011-07-26 15:31

      What's wrong with YOU magazine besides the obvious

  • southSA - 2011-07-26 15:08

    I guess Durban does not have much else to boast about...

  • MTRJ - 2011-07-26 15:12


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