On June 28th, 1969 the Stonewall Riots kicked of the gay rights movement in the US. In 1970 the first gay pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago – today prides are happening all around the world. TQU wants to know who the people are that are organizing todays prides and what the marches mean to them. See all Faces of Pride.

Faces Of Pride:

Kaye Ally || Johannesburg Pride

Kaye AllyWhat’s your name and age? I’m Kaye Ally, 42 y.o.

Since when have you been involved with Johannesburg Pride? I got involved in 2013.

Why do you think Prides are important? It’s a platform to create a positive stance for the LGBT+ community. It is also important as it is a means to reflect just how many countries marginalize the LGBT+ community. Johannesburg Pride is dubbed the Pride of Africa as it is the oldest and the largest Pride on this continent. More important South Africa is the only country in Africa with constitutionally recognized LGBT+ Laws.

What is one (or two) remarkable thing(s) that has/have happened at Johannesburg Pride? The manner in which Johannesburg Pride has grown. We see people travel from all over the world to attend and celebrate Pride with us in Johannesburg. Moving Pride from a day to an afternoon/ night event also contributed to the success.

What do you do when your not organizing Johannesburg Pride?
I am an IT professional

What’s one of your favorite pastimes?
I don’t have many past times. All my spare time goes into planning Pride. I generally take December as a time out from both my day and night job.

Is there something you would like to say to the rest of the LGBT+ community?
Don’t turn a blind eye to the plight of the LGBT+ community in Africa.
Africa needs your support!

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