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Spend your Spring with FEW during the Soweto Pride Heritage Week PDF Print E-mail
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The time has come again for all the luscious lesbians, gorgeous gays, beautiful bisexuals and terrific trans men and women to come out and bloom. Spring is here, summer is here and hibernating time is over.

Forum for the Empowerment of Women [FEW] invites all men and women, black, white, yellow, green to come and celebrate our identities, our sexualities and our heritage together in style. This year we have extended Soweto Pride to a four day celebration starting on the 24th September 2009 (Heritage day) ‘til the 27th September 2009.

For years FEW has worked on advancing and defending the rights of black lesbian women and highlighting the violations faced by women in the townships because of their sexual orientation. When Soweto Pride was initiated in 2004, the idea was to bring about visibility of lesbian women in the townships and to reclaim our voices. Over the years Soweto Pride has grown, with more people showing support at the march.

In 2008 we reworked the purpose of Soweto Pride to celebrate our identities, activism and resilience as black lesbian women in partnership with the LGBTI community and this year the theme continues on the same path of celebrating ourselves as the LGBTI community; “Celebrating our identities, our sexualities and our heritage”.

The programme for this year’s Soweto Pride is as diverse as our community and will cater for the whole LGBTI community and not just the lesbian women.

On the 24th, with the support of Constitution Hill, the programme is both intellectual and social and will include a panel discussion on issues of sexuality, tradition and culture and the panellists range from artists/activists to academics. FEW will also offer space to black lesbian women to exhibit their crafts, photography, artworks, poetry and dance.

Then on the 25th of September, the very first screening of a gay and lesbian film in Soweto will take place, where issues of representation by the media regarding our own stories will be discussed. This event is in partnership with the Out In Africa Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and will also mark as the official launch of Soweto Pride for this year, and will take place at Makhaya Hall in Zondi 1 opposite Shell Garage.

One the 26th September, the whole lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community with support from our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers will march the streets of Meadowlands, while celebrating our identities and reclaiming the streets of our township. The march will begin at 10 am from Sputnik Garage, Cnr Vincent and Saunders Rd, and will proceed to zone 2 Meadowlands Park, where live entertaining performances will be offered followed.

To close off the festivities, on the 27th of September, FEW in partnership with Best of Both Worlds Production will host a ‘Chill and Braai’ session at the Moloi Sports Centre, opposite Merafe Hostel. The day will also include a soccer match between Chosen FEW, Eldorado Ladies and The Dream Team.

The entire event belongs to the people and we call upon all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people to take ownership of this celebration because our success is dependant on all of us working hand in hand.

For more information please contact Dikeledi on 011 339 1867/1882/ 076 512 3874/ or email us on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it