On October 6, more than 20,000 people attended the 23rd annual Johannesburg Pride, the largest and oldest LGBT event in Africa.
With a theme of “Protect our Rights,” the parade made its way from the Zoo Lake Sports Club in Rosebank to TK. Shortly after 11am, though, demonstrators blocked the parade with an “die-in” protesting a series of deaths in the city’s gay community.
Things got back on track soon enough, and the crowd moved on to enjoy performances by Ola, Crazy White Boy and Flash Republic. Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Andries Nel made a surprised appearance, telling the crowd that while there was work to be done, his office was “proud to be proud with you today.”
ENJOY past “JOHANNESBURG” Pride Parades “there is no “berg” in JOHANNESBURG :-)
By the way:
Did you know that the South African Constitution implement by Mandela was offered
as a gift from the Canadian government and remained quite similar even after local implementation. I spend 10 years in South Africa 97-2007 and the gay life was way more
fun that it is in the oh so Gay Vancouver.
Sadly drugs and police reaction closed down some of the best known dance palaces I could only associate with Studio1 in LA or NY. Such as Stardust that used to pump with near 5000 men every week end.
Now for visitors, who don’t know , there is “Ramp Diva in Boksburg” a special purpose Dance Palace with in and out doors dance floors that has managed to exist oh miracle for near a decade.
Make sure you have a car/taxi or friend to drive you there. It’s outside the town center close to a highway exit. For those not familiar it may look scary at first as it is located behind a main strip of daytime shopping malls on an open field.
And Boys beware of “gay butch woman who like to pick a fight, if you repond that is” :-)
When I was there they were they were the only ones that always “butchedUP” stepping on feet, knocking people with their elbows in your stomach on the dance floor without ever saying sorry. Beside these few minor situations I never had a bad dance evening there.
The car park is watched by security and big.
Beside that Cape Town HOT HOUSE is the best looking Sauna I have been to. I has an awesome suntanning terrace with jacuzzi sea view and everything else expected in the center of town.