Mpumalanga Gay Pride March will take place on Saturday 6 September in Ermelo at the Mpumalanga Stadium. The event’s theme is “stop gender based violence against LGBTI,” a reality that Mpumalanga’s LGBTI community is often forced to confront. The march will kick off at the Mpumalanga Stadium at 10am and will return back to the stadium for a picnic, speeches and entertainment.
The event is all about creating awareness around the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community, to fight stigma, violence and discrimination and encourage acceptance among the community of Mpumalanga, specifically the Gert Sibande region.
Some of the activities on the day will include health awareness drives from the Department of Health, Anova's Health4Men project will also be there to do HIV testing. An Anova-UCSF project based in Mpumalanga, Boithato, will also be distributing condoms and lube and be talking to the public about sexual health and practising responsible sex.
This event is a collaboration between Boithato, Highveld Heroines Forum (HHF - a lesbian group from Gert Sibande) and the Parents Forum (parents with kids who form part of the LGBTI community).
There are now Pride events in Gauteng, the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo.
On August 6, the first ever of the Pride marches took place in Mpumalanga, Nelspruit area. This is a follow on of the pride marches, but focused on Ermelo, in the Gert Sibande region.