One of the strengths of the LGBTIQ+ liberation movement in South Africa is that we work within the intersections of the lived realities of LGBTIQ+ people, and we wish to celebrate voices who do just this by highlighting the intersections of struggles in finding voice.
We celebrate intersectional struggles and finding voice
This will be the first year that Khumbulani Pride cannot be hosted due to the strict safety measures of the COVID-19 pandemic. Khumbulani Pride raises awareness and promotes visibility of black queer bodies within various communities. It started as an advocacy arm of Cape Town Pride, but some organizations broke away from the organizing structure to protest the exclusion and erasure of black queer bodies. Each year the march has grown, rotating between Khayelitsha, Strand, eMfuleni, and surrounding communities.
This year we raise our voices to remember those who lost their lives, those who are still waiting for justice to be served and those locked at home with abusers. We cannot stop until we are all free to live, love, and be who we truly are. #BreakTheSilence
We celebrate the innovation of resilient voices
In recent weeks we have seen an increase in webinars, invitations to online parties, and social media conversations to support LGBTIQ+ people and organisations. What do we learn from this? The HIV and AIDS pandemic taught us as a community that we have resilient voices. We can organise and mobilise even in unknown socio-economic, health, spiritual, and well-being conditions. The fight against the denial of our human dignity and human rights has taught us to tell our embodied stories. Our pain and suffering can open people’s minds, hearts, and doors.
The fight for human dignity is no plainer than when a community celebrates the gift of life.
We celebrate all mothers
The month of May is the month that we celebrate the beautiful mothers who have done amazing work in nurturing socially responsible beings I would like to celebrate all the amazing diverse families from same-sex parents, to trans diverse parents, to bisexual parents to polydiverse families, from all the corners of the world. Being a mother is not only about having delivered a living bundle of flesh into the world but to those who have ‘mothered’ us in so many ways – supporting us through our worst and pushing us to see the beauty within ourselves. We celebrate you. Whilst doing some readings, I was amazed about the gap in research, readings, and feminist writings on bisexual parenting and transdiverse families – we would welcome contributions by anyone willing to fill that gap or share links to readings.
May we continue to commit to finding innovative ways to #breakthesilence