Our Background

A contextual view of the journey that this movement has taken to get to its current direction.

Manifesto extract: "People’s Pride is a political movement for social justice and social change consisting of people from suburbs and townships, queer and non-queer, workers and unemployed people, black and non-black, disabled and able-bodied activist, feminists, conscious and interested people. We come from economically advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds, with competing interests and visions, with the purpose to reclaim our pride and return it to the people."

Our Manifesto

People’s pride came about because of what Pride protest celebrations in South Africa have become. They are usually de-politicised, with an increasing move towards being commercialised at the expense of all LGBTIQ people. We believe that Pride needs to return to its political roots and organise for freedom of all people. We believe in a world where all are free. We believe that while class, race, gender, and sexuality inequalities continue to exist, none are free.

“The committee felt a break from the Pride event, which residents had become accustomed to, was needed, as it was felt racial, class, gender, and other social hierarchies were reinforced”

“… previous events overlooked the problems that "a vast majority" of individuals and communities in and around the city and country faced on a daily basis ...” Carrie Shelver

Peoples pride aims to be a microcosm of the society we want and need to live in. We aim to make Pride a space that all can access, where all can be free, and where every voice is heard. We call on those in power to defend, promote, and protect the rights of all. We are building a movement that is owned by the people, and not those with access to money and power. We create a space where all can engage in building and implementing strategies that combat the oppressive forces that bind us and where we can build a better world.

Our Pride manifesto lays out the principles and vision for a 'People's Pride' was compiled from input gathered at our public meetings. These principles include anti-racism, anti-capitalism, anti-sexism, anti-ableism, and the placement of gay and lesbian struggles within the broader socio-political and economic contexts and struggles.

A March to be preceded by various run up events will be held on the 5th of October 2013. The run up events will consist of public art installations, performances, exhibitions, direct action, workshops and debates.

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