Johannesburg – After 30 years of advocacy, Johannesburg Pride has become the most established and well-attended pride event in South Africa, attracting an ever-growing number of supporters each year.
With the 2019 parade mere months away, JHB Pride has now announced the launch of Pride of Africa – an umbrella organisation which will house Johannesburg Pride, as well as other events aimed at the LGBTQ+ME community.
"Pride of Africa will officially be launched 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," a press statement explains.
To "capture the intention, collaboration, and strength of Pride of Africa", the organisation created a new flag inspired by all 54 African countries.
"A flag that helps to create a positive stance for a continent where the community faces such overwhelming negativity. A flag that says you are accepted, you are welcome, and you are safe where this flag flies," the statement goes on to say.
The 30th Johannesburg Pride Parade and Festival takes place on 26 October in Sandton, Johannesburg. Gates open at 12:00 and the march starts at 14:00.