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Past Events

27 July, 17:00-18:30
Queer Space Collective, University of Pretoria
11h00 - 16h00
Zoo Lake, Constitutional Hill, GALA, Simon Nkoli Square (Cnr President and Twists Street), Maboneng (Former Industry hub) and Ma
A tour of historically sites significant to JHB's LGBTIQ community. Organised by Umlilo
17h30 for 18h00
The Book Lounge, 71 Roeland Street, Cnr Buitenkant & Roeland Street, Cape Town
A Launch of Queer Africa 2: New Stories in Cape Town. There will be a panel discussion and readings with a few of the authors featured in the anthology.
Saturday 3 June, 2pm - 4pm
WITS Humanities Graduate Centre, South-West Engineering Building, East Campus, WITS University, Braamfontein
Readings and Panel discussion with a few of the featured authors.
30 May, 18:30
Bioscope, Maboneng
The Swedish Embassy is screening of the award-winning documentary film KIKI as well as Jozi Queens. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion themed:‘Connecting Queer Performativities: from New York’s ‘Kiki’ to Jozi’s ‘Queens’
17 May 2017
GALA Takes the youth out to the movies for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.
4 - 7
DramaForLife: 17th floor, University Corner, Jorissen Street, Braamfontein
Film Screening of Paris is Burning
WiSER Seminar Room 6th Floor, Richard Ward Building
The panel includes: Michele Pickover (Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand), Jabu Pereira (Iranti-org), Cynthia Kros (History Workshop, Wits City Institute), Matt Cook (Birkbeck, University of London), and Linda Chernis (GALA).
15:00 - 17:00
GALA Library
Prof. Matt Cook will be hosting a Witness Seminar on GALA's history in an attempt to record the memories and voices who played such a vital role in our 20 year history. Participation in this event is by invitation only.
17;30 -20:00
WiSER Seminar Room
AIDS and Archives of Emotion in the UK
08:00 - 16:00
University of Witwatersrand
GALA, together with the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies (WiCDS), will host a Plenary Session, as part of the “Faith, Gender and Sexual Diversity” project, on Tuesday 6 September 2016.
18:00 for 18:30
Workers' Museum, Newtown, Johannesburg
Please join us for the launch of Proudly Malawian, a ground-breaking collection of life stories of eleven lesbian, bisexual and gender-nonconforming Malawians.
Apartheid Museum
Journeys of Faith tells the stories of LGBTI people who have struggled to reconcile their religious beliefs with their sexual orientation or gender identity. Join us for the launch of this thought-provoking and moving exhibition.
13:30 for 14:00
Soweto Theatre (cnr Bolani Link & Bolani Rd, Jabulani)
GALA invites you to the launch of two exciting new resources: Creative Resistance (facilitation manual) and Acting against Oppression (documentary). Help us celebrate with an afternoon of conversation and creativity.
10 am – 6 pm
Women's Jail, Constitution Hill
Please join us for the first Africa Trans* Visibility Day. The event seeks to raise awareness and create a safe space that embraces trans* bodies.
3 pm – 12 am
Constitution Hill
This year's Johannesburg People's Pride will include a night march, queer history tour and concert. Its theme – GLOW in the Dark: Night Revolution – is a call to reclaim our streets and assert our rights. Join us to demand all freedoms for all people.
5:30 – 8:30
Boundless City – 129 Fox Street, Johannesburg
This thought-provoking dialogue will unpack the dynamics of pleasure, power and violence within same-sex and gender-nonconforming partnerships.
6 pm – 8 pm
Stevenson Gallery – 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein
Join Zanele Muholi for the launch of her latest photographic exhibition, 'Somnyama Ngonyama'.
4:30 – 7:30
Human Rights Room, Old Fort, Constitution Hill
Join us to celebrate and learn from the life of Simon Nkoli, an icon of the LGBTI, HIV and anti-apartheid movements.
9 am
Meadowlands Zone 2 Park
Soweto Pride will return to Meadowlands in honour of hate crime victims. The theme of the event is 'Our Lives Matter – Safety, Justice and Freedom Are Our Rights'. Join us in celebration of our queer identities and to demand justice all South Africans.
Various screening times
Bamboo Hall, Kgorong Building, Muckleneuk Campus
UNISA is pleased to announce its Film Festival on Gender and Sexual Diversity. The programme includes a range of documentaries and feature films, as well as a colloquium.
14:00 - 16:00
Humanities Common Room, C-Ring 319, Kingsway Campus, University of Johannesburg
Dr Oluwafemi Adeagbo, a post-doctoral research fellow at CSDA, will present on his PhD findings. He will be joined in conversation by Johan Meyer, Health Manager at OUT-LBGT Wellbeing.
Various locations across the Wits campus
Wits Pride is an annual week-long event, focusing on advocacy against heterosexism and cissexism, and on creating safe spaces. This year's theme is 'People Change Spaces'. Be sure to come along and show your support for diversity.
13:00 - 14:00
Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Senate House, Braamfontein Campus East
The next instalment of the Safe Zones @ Wits Public Lecture Series will be given by Navan Govender. The lecture will look at negotiating gendered representations of sexuality through critical literacy.
Gauteng Department of Community Development
On 18th August GALA with the support of the LRS will be hosting a dialogue with the members of the LGBT community, members of the community policing forum and police trade unions.
13:00 - 14:00
Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Senate House, Braamfontein Campus East
The next instalment of the Safe Zones @ Wits Public Lecture Series will be given by Justice Edwin Cameron.
13:00 - 14:00
Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Senate House, Braamfontein Campus East
The next instalment of the Safe Zones @ Wits Public Lecture Series will be given by Dr Malose Langa and Dr Peace Kiguwa.
13:00 to 15:30
Senate House 6, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein
High Commission of Canada, GALA, and WITS Centre for Diversity Studies invite you to the screening of "Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride". The screening will be followed by a discussion with executive producer Charlie David and local activists.
The Bioscope, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct
The Bioscope Independent Cinema, in partnership with Goethe-Institut Südafrika, is please to announce a new LGBTI film festival: NOT GAY AS IN HAPPY, BUT QUEER AS IN FUCK YOU.
13:15 - 15:15
Senate Room, 2nd Floor, Senate House, Braamfontein Campus East
The Wits Transformation and Employment Equity Office invites you to take part in a roundtable discussion on online social space as sites of violence and prejudice.
6.00 pm
Alliance Française – 17 Lower Park Drive, Parkview
Please join us for the launch of two exciting new publications and a thought-provoking conversation on homophobia and transphobia in the workplace. The panel discussion will feature representatives from GALA, the LRS, COSATU and ICHLRC.
6:00 pm
The Bioscope, 286 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct
The Hate Crimes Working Group invites you to a free screening of award-winning documentary African Pride.
11:30 - 12:45
Room B203, Bohlaleng Building, University of the Witwatersrand
GALA invites you to the launch of Under Pressure: The Regulation of Sexualities in South African Secondary Schools. Author Deevia Bhana will be talking through the findings of this groundbreaking study on attitudes towards homophobia in schools.
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
CB8, Central Block, University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein
This seminar will explore how sexual rights are being demanded, contested and articulated within three of the BRICS countries. It will examine how the fight for sexual rights is being played out, as well as the major issues, trends and challenges.
6 pm - 8 pm
Wits University East Campus, Senate House Basement Room 3
Join feminist and activist Kholoud Bidak for dialogue on recent events in Egypt.
14, 15, 16 August at 8 pm, 17 August at 3.30 pm.
Popart Centre, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg
A new cabaret by Robert Colman & Robert Whitehead that tells the story of South Africa's 'Stonewall' - a police raid on a gay party in Forest Town, Johannesburg in 1966 (and recorded in the GALA archives).
18:00 for 18:30
Six Museum, 25A Buitenkant Street
Cape Town book Launch for "Sex in Transition: Remaking Gender and Race in South Africa", by Amanda Lock Swarr, happening this Monday, 14 July 2014, at the District Six Museum.
Cinema Nouveau Rosebank and V&A
Out in Africa is back! The festival is again offering up an exciting selection of award-winning films from across the world. Come along and support this important event.
6 pm for 6:30 pm
Alliance Française - 17 Lower Park Drive, Parkview
Join GALA and the Alliance Française for a special event celebrating IDAHO 2014. There will be film screenings and discussion, as well as the launch of a new exhibition.
6 pm
Wits Art Museum
Join the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies, Zanele Muholi and Gabrielle Le Roux for the opening of Queer & Trans Art-iculations. A keynote address will be given by Dr Pregs Govender (SA HRC) along with performances by Muholi and friends.
11-11:30 am
Museum Africa
Queer Africa is being featured at the 2013 Jozi Book Fair. Join us for an interesting and thought-provoking conversation about queerness in writing.
1:30 pm
U11 Umthombo Building, the University of the Witwatersrand
Join Gabriel Khan, GALA's youth and education officer, for this special presentation as part of the Wits Transformation Office's 'Who Do You Think You Are?' lecture series.
Hyde Park, Johannesburg & V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Nu Metro (Johannesburg) & Cinema Nouveau/Nu Metro (Cape Town)
16:00 to 18:00
GALA - 7th Floor University Corner, East Campus
On October 17th GALA will mark Asexual Awareness Week with a discussion on asexuality hosted by the GALA Youth Forum and the SafeZones@Wits initiative.
6pm - 8pm
Graduate Seminar Room, Southwest Engineering, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand
The Wits Centre for Diversity Studies and the Transformation Office invite you to a public talk by acclaimed academic Jack Halberstam. Don't miss this thought-provoking and engaging talk by one of the world's leading gender theorists.
2pm - 4pm
Wits Writing Centre, University of the Witwatersrand
Join us for a lovely afternoon of conversation and literature as we celebrate the launch of Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction, the latest title from MaThoko's Books.
2:30pm - 4pm
Women's Jail, Constitution Hill, Braamfontein
This exhibition traces the history of the persecution of homosexuals during the Nazi regime, but also examines the protection of sexual minorities in South Africa. Join speakers Dr Lutz van Dijk & Mr Kayum Ahmed for this launch of this fascinating event.
Wits Writing Centre, Wartenweiler Library, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand
Help us to celebrate the launch of Home Affairs, GALA's latest publication. The event will feature an address by Dr Pregs Govender, Deputy Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission, as well as an exciting and thought-provoking panel discussion.
5:30 pm
Themba Interactive, 58 Jorrisen St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
As part of the 2013 IDAHO celebrations, GALA will be launching Hear Us Out, an online space developed specifically for African LGBTI youth and their allies. Join us for a demonstration of this exciting new website and find out how to get involved.
9:00am - 5:00pm
GALA: Level 7, University Corner, 11-17 Jorrisen Street, Braamfontein
Trade union leaders are invited to join Labour Research Service and GALA for this exciting two-day event on the rights of LGBTI workers and job seekers.
18-26 March 2013, 9:00am - 5:00pm
GALA: Level 7, University Corner, 11-17 Jorrisen Street, Braamfontein
GALA invites you to a 5-day training workshop on citizen journalism. Open to Gauteng-based youth, this free workshop will introduce participants to the basic principles of citizen journalism and will explore how these can be used to promote LGBTI rights.
8 March 2013, 10 am – 4 pm
Graduate School Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand
An exciting one-day event focusing on the challenges faced by LGBTI refugees and migrants. As well as fostering significant sector linkages, the seminar will bring together LGBTI refugees and migrants with organisations working in the field.
2:30 pm - 5 pm
Women's Jail, Constitution Hill
Join Dr Klaus Mueller for a special screening of the award-winning film Paragraph 175. The film examines the widespread persecution of homosexual men by the Nazi regime and features previously unseen personal testimonies from those who survived the camps.
The Atlantic Philanthropies: 2nd Floor, 160 Jan Smuts, Rosebank
University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and Atlantic Philanthropies are launching an exciting new publication, How To Be A Real Gay: Gay Identities in Small-town South Africa.
GALA Level 7, University Corner, 11-17 Jorrisen Street, Braamfontein
Hosted by GALA with support from the African Centre for Migration, and Trans and Intersex Africa, this four-day workshop will introduce participants to a range of art-based techniques that can be used to support and complement advocacy campaigns.
V&A Waterfront in Cape Town and Hyde Park, Johannesburg
The third edition of the of the 19th Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, will run from Friday 19th - Sunday 28th October 2012 in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Opening nights will take place on 17th October in JHB and 18th October in CT.
1 pm
Wits University, Graduate School Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building, East Campus
Dr Julia Hirst is holding a seminar, jointly hosted by Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action, the Wits School of Education, and Centre for the Study of AIDS, University of Pretoria.
Zoo Lake Sports Club
Joburg Pride, the African continent’s first and largest annual LGBTI celebration, will take place at the Zoo Lake Sports Club on Saturday, 6 October.
Credo Mutwa Park
Soweto Pride is aimed at publically expressing and celebrating our identities, activism and resilience as black lesbian women.
University of Johannesburg Grasdak, Westdene
Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action and the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation will co-host the first Colloquium on Challenging Homophobia and Trans-phobia in South African Schools and Promoting Good Practise on 6–7 September at the University
Puk Campus
The first-ever Potchefstroom Gay Pride will be held on Tuesday, 28 August 2012 at North-West University’s Puk Campus.
UJ Con Cowan Theatre
University of Johannesburg Arts & Culture ups the ante on fabulous with more than just fluff and pink feathers thanks to its THATSOGAY theatre festival.
Various locations
This year’s Drama for Life Sex Actually festival includes for the first time a full LGBTI programme.



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