Gay pride takes over Sandton

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Flamboyant revellers came out in their numbers in celebration of gay pride.  The event stands for self-acceptance and human rights regardless of one’s sexual orientation.

The parade moved to Sandton for the first time in 2019, as it marked its 30th anniversary.  The colours of the rainbow covered the streets of Sandton with hundreds of people celebrating their sexuality.

But for many, like Kervin Pienaar it wasn’t always this easy to share his sexual orientation.  He faced an inner struggle to accept himself.  “I played with dolls and had a boyfriend but I thought it was wrong so I hid it from myself even, tried to date girls.”

He is not alone. Gabrielle Alves also struggled.  “I knew from primary school, had baby crushes but I tried to date boys and the guy I dated ended also being gay and more feminine and I knew,” says Alves.

Sexual orientation is not as black and white as it used to.  The vibrant group took their pride through the Sandton precinct.

The parade is aimed at fighting for the inclusion of the LGBTQI community across the continent.

Festivities are expected to continue through the night as local and international artist take to the stage.