"You can celebrate Pride in your own way, whether that’s in an open forum or with your family and friends.Pride can be anything from being as loud and proud as you want to be, or expressing it in your own subtle ways, in the clothes you wear, the people you associate with, the places you’re interacting in." “If I think back to my experience of Pride back from the 90s, so much has changed,” says Malibongwe Tyilo.It’s not a space where everyone can be free to be whoever they are.Our friends had the same issue with gay clubs in Cape Town, so we always ended up at ‘straight parties’ where we were in the minority again.” When they’re asked what the party’s about, Mavuso and Nash say that it’s all in the name – that when it comes to what to wear or who’s included, there are no restrictions.Part of the problem with Pride is that it struggles to acknowledge this.But that doesn’t mean that we’re not getting anywhere. It’s not shocking to walk into the street and see someone dressed outrageously cos it’s kind of something that’s almost expected." That's what Adam Kent Wiest has to say while expressing his faith in the local scene's ability to evolve and flourish.As the month draws to a close, we spoke to people looking for, and working towards, safe spaces in which to thrive.
"I know that for a lot of people now Pride’s a party, and it’s that feeling of a release from a lot of pain.
But even with a more intersectional approach, the symbol has its problems, and they reflect real-life issues.
Tarryn Naude suggests that the problem begins where, “The flag assumes that we all have the same struggles.
“It’s become such a huge part of mainstream culture, which is a great indicator of how far we’ve come.
But it’s mainly those of us who live in cities who can experience the freedoms that come with Pride.