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It’s Pride month, and this weekend we all celebrated our LGBT-ness in Dublin. The crowd was huge, the whistles piercing and the chanting up-lifting. Around the world, reactions to city Pride parades differ as widely as the rainbow of people marching. We hear about those in the Americas and Europe, but have you ever heard of an LGBT Pride march in Africa?

 

Photo by Melanie Hamman at a Pride March in KwaThema, a township outside Johannesburg where three lesbian women have been murdered

 

Laura Fletcher is a journalist working on a project about African Pride.

The film tells the stories of lesbian women and gay men in South Africa who are meeting homophobic violence with visibility in the form of township prides and protests. As you know, prejudice is not an exclusively African or South African phenomenon, nor is the courage to stand and face it.

I believe that this South African story will resonate with many and I am working to ensure that it reaches as wide an audience as possible.

Now she needs your help. She has done all that credit cards and bank loans allow, and need to source some funding. If you have anything at all to spare get yourself over here and pat yourself on the back. She’s halfway there and, with your help, these people can tell their stories. You can also claim some cool stuff, so your philanthropy will be rewarded.

 

Photo by Melanie Hamman. A protest outside on the day of the verdict in the Zoliswa Nkonyana murder trial in Khayelitsha. Zoliswa was 19 when she was murdered by a group of men.

This is such an important project as lesbians and gay men in Africa are next-to invisible, some are killed, some disappear and the rest live in fear. Do something to help their voices be heard.

You can also keep up to date with what’s happening with the film on Facebook and on Twitter.

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One Comment

  • It’s so maddening that this happens in S Africa and indeed other African countries and it’s so tribal – I lived in Southern Africa for a year and there is a great gay vibe in Jo’burg and Cape Town outside of townships. When I stayed in Botswana it was commonly know that having sex with a virgin cured AIDS WTF! It’s the same thing now in townships that if you rape a lesbian she will be “cured”. There seems to be little if no intervention from the South African government on these issues and the last time I was in SA the minister for health said that eating garlic/beetroot and drinking some alcohol was a more effected way to fight the aids virus than recommended medicines again WTF! Laura Fletcher has one hell of a fight ahead of her and for once I’ll be putting my money where my mouth is. Thanks for sharing this story.

    Orla said:
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