Side View’s weekend theme this week is ‘Pride“. Please see here for background on the theme or to participate:
I started walking in the Gay Pride Parade many years ago, to support a friend who was HIV positive and who has subsequently died.
At the time, Original Bunn was about six months old and was wheeled along in her pram or carried by me.
Setting out to Pride 1998: (sorry, photographed from an old newspaper clipping)
Until she started school, she was unaware of homophobia or discrimination against LGBT people; some people in her life were in same-sex relationships, simple as that; her godparents are a gay couple. But one day at school a small boy called another a faggot and she was outraged to the point of tears. She wrote a letter to the school principle and insisted that the boy be taken to task.
The Parade has become a highlight of our calendar; I don’t walk anymore, but we make a picnic on the sidewalk and watch the floats come in to Zoo Lake.
SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF
South Africa has a diverse history when it comes to the legal and social status of LGBT people as a result of traditional South African mores, western imperialism, Apartheid and the human rights movement that contributed to the down fall of apartheid. South Africa’s post-apartheid constitution was the first in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation, and on 1 December 2006 South Africa made history by becoming the fifth country in the world and first in Africa to legalise same-sex marriage.
My beautiful, proud, gay rights-campaigning child with Mr. Gay SA and Ms. Drag SA in the 2008 parade: