Thousands gathered in Johannesburg to celebrate Pride on Saturday 27 October.
Now in its 29th year, the ‘Pride of Africa’ is one of the biggest LGBTI events in the continent, together with Cape Town Pride.
The march saw about 20,000 revelers took to Melrose Arch, a big complex of shops and restaurants in the heart of the city.
‘Together we go above and beyond’
LGBTIs and allies turned up in their best outfits and unfurled their rainbow flags. They also yielded placards and banners.
The theme for this year’s Johannesburg Pride is ‘authentic you’ and therefore many embraced it by living their truth and march proudly.
Moreover, the LGBTI village had its walls covered in Pride slogans, such as ‘together we go above and beyond’.
The weather matched the day of festivities perfectly. Temperatures reached nearly 30°C, but the scorching sun didn’t put off Pridegoers. Many, in fact, shared their sunny shots on social media.
LGBTI rights in South Africa
LGBTI individuals in South Africa have reached the full equality with the law passing equal marriage in 2006. Furthermore, the change of legal gender for trans people has been possible ever since 2003. Finally, same-sex couples can adopt children.
While you wait for next year’s Cape Town Pride – usually taking place in February – let’s take a look at some of the best pictures of Joburg Pride.