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  1. says

    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.

  2. Samuel says

    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

  3. says

    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….

  4. Michael says

    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.

  5. Michael says

    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.

  6. says

    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.