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LGBT Activists, Organizers Clash at Johannesburg Pride Parade: VIDEO

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Clashes broke out at Johannesburg's Pride parade on Saturday when LGBT activists formed a blockade in protest of the depoliticized nature of the event, Mamba Online reports:

The group of activists, from the 1 in 9 campaign, ran out from behind the Goodman Gallery building and set up an impromptu blockade. A number of life-size dummies and activists were stretched out on the road, representing LGBT victims of hate crime, backed by banners that read "Dying For Justice" and "No Cause for Celebration".

Pride participants were confused by the protest and some appeared to be under the impression that it was being staged by an anti-gay group. Tempers flared as marshals insisted that the activists move out of the way.

When marshals attempted to divert the parade to the other side of the road, around the protest, the activists moved to again block the parade from proceeding. This angered both participants and marshals who attempted to pull down the banners stretched across the avenue.

Scuffles erupted amid shouts of the parade being an "elitist" and "depoliticised" event. Both Joburg Pride organisers and 1 in 9 have accused the other of reacting with violence and abusive behaviour.

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  1. i'm a bit confused as per the specifics - was there a marked move to de-politicize, and a refusal to accept politically and sociopolitically motivated or focused aspects of the parade?

    because all you need to do to politicize (or re-politicize) is to TAKE PART and make your specific message clear.

    that's the beauty of these parades and celebrations - they are whatever you bring to them, you can represent what YOU feel needs to be represented and shared.

    it's the reason my family marches with PFLAG with their signs of hope and understanding.

    it's the reason other groups march highlighting their specific socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic or religious identities in celebration of diversity with the LGBT community.

    any details? were groups denied entry into the parade for being "too political"?

    because you can't hate on the parade if you yourself refuse to join in, take part, and yourself represent the message(s) that you feel need to be seen and heard.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 8, 2012 12:53:23 PM


  2. Well no, the group was not denied entry. In fact they chose not to inform the organisors of their intention. Their message of support for the spate of Lesbian corrective rapes and murders that are rampant in South Africa is an important message, and one we all support here. Unfortunately their method of delivering created a lot of confusion. Personally i dont think either side handled the situation particularly well, and it has created a division within the community that is sad and certainly unnecessary

    Posted by: Samuel | Oct 9, 2012 6:44:39 AM


  3. Thanks for that info, Samuel. Yeah. That's a fail. There's a very simple way to get your political message into a pride parade - bring your political message with you into the parade.

    I don't know why this is lost on some folks....

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 9, 2012 10:42:23 AM


  4. I was at the front of the parade when both the first incident and the second incident occurred.

    1 in 9 did not clearly state their purpose, or actually even their organization name. They also did not wear clothing identifying themselves as 1 in 9. The first thing we saw of them, is lying on the ground, in front of the parade, along with mock dead bodies. They held up a big banner saying "No Cause for Celebration", their clothing was purple, and they kept asking us what we had against woman’s bodies.

    If they had asked for 1 minutes silence with a big banner, or even just clearly stated their organization name, that would have been a lot more productive. Not blocking the road with dead bodies, insulting banners and preventing the parade from passing.

    Most of the parade participants assumed they were an anti gay origination(as their are normally anti gay protesters at the parade), and with them saying, "no cause for celebration", pretending to have dead bodies in the street, and trying to block the parade from proceeding, the parade participants(myself included) immediately jumped to the wrong conclusions, and it didn’t help that the 1 in 9 protestors repeatedly shouted why we hate woman’s bodies.

    Admittedly we didn’t take the time to read the pamphlets, but going from past experiences at pride with protestors handing out pamphlets, no-one was in the mood to read a pamphlet saying how God hates us and we are going to hell.

    Now some people are crying foul at the race card, while i personally saw a 1 in 9 protestor and a black parade participant almost come to blows screaming at each other. This was not about black vs white, this gay vs anti gay(mistakenly)

    This was either an unfortunate misunderstanding, or a deliberate stunt for attention. Its unfortunate that this happened, however i suppose 1 in 9 succeeded in their goal, as they received a lot of media attention, and did in fact raise awareness. Hopefully next year they will engage with the pride organizers so that the entire pride parade can participate in a minute's silence, instead of a cheap stunt that no-one understood.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 11, 2012 6:11:13 AM


  5. I was at the front of the parade when both the first incident and the second incident occurred.

    1 in 9 did not clearly state their purpose, or actually even their organization name. They also did not wear clothing identifying themselves as 1 in 9. The first thing we saw of them, is lying on the ground, in front of the parade, along with mock dead bodies. They held up a big banner saying "No Cause for Celebration", their clothing was purple, and they kept asking us what we had against woman’s bodies.

    If they had asked for 1 minutes silence with a big banner, or even just clearly stated their organization name, that would have been a lot more productive. Not blocking the road with dead bodies, insulting banners and preventing the parade from passing.

    Most of the parade participants assumed they were an anti gay origination(as their are normally anti gay protesters at the parade), and with them saying, "no cause for celebration", pretending to have dead bodies in the street, and trying to block the parade from proceeding, the parade participants(myself included) immediately jumped to the wrong conclusions, and it didn’t help that the 1 in 9 protestors repeatedly shouted why we hate woman’s bodies.

    Admittedly we didn’t take the time to read the pamphlets, but going from past experiences at pride with protestors handing out pamphlets, no-one was in the mood to read a pamphlet saying how God hates us and we are going to hell.

    Now some people are crying foul at the race card, while i personally saw a 1 in 9 protestor and a black parade participant almost come to blows screaming at each other. This was not about black vs white, this gay vs anti gay(mistakenly)

    This was either an unfortunate misunderstanding, or a deliberate stunt for attention. Its unfortunate that this happened, however i suppose 1 in 9 succeeded in their goal, as they received a lot of media attention, and did in fact raise awareness. Hopefully next year they will engage with the pride organizers so that the entire pride parade can participate in a minute's silence, instead of a cheap stunt that no-one understood.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 11, 2012 6:11:17 AM


  6. The best way to convey a political message is parade. If people want justice in the country they have to raise hand against injustice. I also participate few parades.

    Posted by: Webcams | Nov 15, 2012 11:11:54 AM


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