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Gay pride party next weekend

Publishing Date : 16 October, 2017


Despite their recent recognition by government, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community continues to spark heated debate across the country-but this will not stop the community from going all out to celebrate their uniqueness.

Next Saturday, October 21, The Empire BW in partnership with Lesbians, Gays & Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), will host the first ever Masquerade Pride party at Cigar Lounge. According to the organizers, The Empire BW, the pride party is aimed at sensitizing the public that people can be who they are in a safe place without being judged. All over the world, pride parties are hosted in honor of the LBGT culture and pride, these events are also demonstrations in support of same sex marriages.

In an interview with WeekendPost, the Organizer of the event, Letlhogonolo Dintwe, said, “The whole idea of having a masquerade pride party is to give people a different experience and one night to be themselves, which allows them to put on a mask and play nice all night. The masquerade party gives the event a class and elegant feel that is aligned with the modern standard.” Furthermore, he said that the pride party is also a way for the LGBTI community to celebrate their milestones thus far.

“The event is a celebration of people’s sexuality whether straight, bisexual or transgender. The term ‘pride’ is used in the gay community for events that are hosted within the community,” he added. Notwithstanding the few challenges the community has overcome in recent times, Dintwe said that they are still faced with many more challenges.

“One of the challenges that the community is faced with is discrimination and being harshly judged by society. Moreover, the fact that they don't get to celebrate who they are and they can't go out without being judged and being called names. We hope for the one night everyone can just come together to say we are all human regardless of our sexual orientation, and love has no colour, or sex,” he said.

Earlier this month, a milestone decision was reached at when Lobatse High Court judge Justice Godfrey Nthomiwa ruled in favour of a transgender man, who had battled for ten years to have government change the gender marker on the man’s identity card from female to male. In his ruling, Justice Nthomiwa had said that the government had violated the plaintiff’s rights to dignity, privacy, freedom of expression, equality and freedom from discrimination and inhumane and degrading treatment.

Another case involving Tshepho Ricki Kgositau, who also wants the gender marker on her ID to be changed from male to female will be heard this December, it is expected that she will win her case too. “Seeing that this year one of our own won a case with government, it is only right that we celebrate and cheer each other. There is need to celebrate this culture as life is precious and everyone deserves love,” he asserted.



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