Khumbulani Pride is an annual event started in 2013 to commemorate the lives of lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (lgbti) persons lost due to hate crimes and survivors of various forms of violence in South Africa. Sparked by the brutal murders of Zoliswa Nkonyane, Nontsikelelo Tyatyeka, and Waldo Bester amongst others in the Western Cape – Khumbulani Pride remembers these lives by empowering and engaging communities to act against forms of injustice against lgbti people. The event happens in close conjunction with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (17 May) in order to acknowledge the violence faced by LGBTI people all over the world.
In its third year, Khumbulani Pride will be hosted by a network of Cape Town lgbti organisations under the banner Alternative Inclusive Pride Network (AIP). Each year Khumbulani Pride takes place in a different township in the city. This year the event will occur in Langa on 21 May 2016. Pre-Pride activities will begin on 12 May.
Through Khumbulani Pride, the AIP Network engages with diverse communities surrounding Cape Town in dialogues about homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia. The Network also celebrates the lives of lgbti people who continue to sustain one another in our communities. Khumbulani Pride is a community event that contributes to the work of making South Africa a place where homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia do not terrorize lgbti people. It is an event that mobilises community members in different townships to care enough not to discriminate or harm others on the basis of their gender identity, sexual orientation or nationality. Each of the organisations in the Network works towards creating safe and supportive environments for all lgbti persons. This year, we emphasise khumbulani by remembering those who have been killed in the Western Cape through violent acts of hate, including Zoliswa Nkonyana, Waldo Bester, Sihle Sikoji, Sibongile Mphelo, Sasha Lee Gordon, Phumeza Nkolonzi, Nontsikelelo Tyatyeka, Neil Daniels, Ivan Johannes and David Olyne through a remembrance wall.
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the South African Constitution, the first in the world to recognise LGBTI rights. This remembrance Pride comes at a time when crucial hate crime legislation is being drafted in South Africa to outlaw hate crimes, including those carried out against the LGBTI community.
We invite lgbti individuals, allies and community members to join us in remembering members of our community we have lost to the violence of homophobia and transphobia and in celebrating the resilience of our communities. We want Khumbulani Pride events to move us toward a future of safety, security, and celebration of lgbti people in our communities. Please join us in working towards ending homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia in our communities.
The March on 21 May 2016 in Langa will start at 10am at the open field which is at the intersection of Jakes Gerwel Dr. and King Langalibalele (Washington Road) and end at the Monwabisi Sports and Recreation Centre with a programme of activities.
For more information and directions contact:
Sindiswa Thafeni at Triangle Project – 081 257 6693 / Funeka Soldaat at Free Gender – 021 362 9491 / Scalibrini Centre – 021 465 6433 / Bulelwa at IAM – 021 975 8142