This year's Johannesburg People's Pride will be held on 21 November.
The theme of the event – 'GLOW in the Dark: Night Revolution' – is a call to action. This theme speaks to the need to reclaim and inhabit our streets freely after dark. In a context of sustained violence perpetrated against LGBTIAQ people, women, people of colour, migrants, sex workers, the poor, the landless and the disposed, there is an urgent need for marginalised communities to come together to oppose all forms of violence and discrimination, and to assert their right to celebrate.
The theme also pays homage to the Gays and Lesbians of the Witwatersrand (GLOW), the first mass black gay and lesbian organisation in South Africa. Co-founded by Simon Nkoli, GLOW made a significant contribution to the struggle for freedom for LGBTIAQ people.
The 2015 event will also focus on creating visibility for the trans* community and educating others about the myriad challenges faced by gender-variant persons.
This year we will exercise our right to gather without fear of violence or abuse. We will join the ongoing call for the decolonisation of institutions of higher learning, and assert the right of the people to free education. We will demand an end to the exploitation of workers. Our collective voices will call for ALL FREEDOMS FOR ALL PEOPLE.
The GLOW in the Dark Pride celebration will consist of four activities, based around Constitution Hill.
Queer History Tour in Braamfontein and Hillbrow (15:00 – 17:00)
Activists familiar with the queer history of Braamfontein and Hillbrow will congregate two groups of 20 people each at Constitution Hill. These two groups will be led on a two-hour walking tour of Braamfontein and Hillbrow. To manage the size of the groups, the tours will be pre-booked.
Picnic and edutainment at Constitution Hill (15:00 – 17:00)
The edutainment programme will consist of writing/poetry, photography/video-making, banner/placard-making, T-shirt printing, drawing/painting, performance art, music/DJs, activist speakers and a braai/party. There will be food and drinks vendors. Participants will be allowed to bring their own food and refreshments.
The march (17:30 – 19:00)
The march will leave from and return to Constitution Hill with a route through Hillbrow and Joubert Park, and will include guerilla theatre as a key feature.
Queer celebration concert (19:00 – 00:00)
A live music concert, headlined by award-winning queer artist Nakhane Touré, will be held at Constitution Hill. Queer singers, performance artists and DJs will be invited to share the stage throughout the evening.
For more information on People’s Pride 2015, visit the Facebook event page.