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 **UPDATE: The Mayor of Cape Town did not accept our demands for an inclusive pride.

This year, Cape Town Pride has returned with insensitive and insulting slogans for the 2016 festival “Gay/Proud/Colourblind”. This theme entrenches separation along race, gender, class and sexual orientation; something which the Cape Town Pride should not stand for. This follows many demands from Alternative Inclusive Pride Network members that the Cape Town Pride be an inclusive and representative 10-day event for all members of lgbtipaq+ communities. These demands have been met with numerous delays, members being misled, and further marginalised.

As people concerned with justice for all citizens we have written to The City of Cape Town requesting the City to intervene accordingly in a festival that attracts many tourists in the name of gay and queer people. The Pride is an important festival to many. It represents moments in which we celebrate, mourn, interrogate, learn and unlearn ways to collectively advance LGBTIPAQ+ rights and causes.

Dear Mayor of Cape Town,

In 1993 Cape Town activists including Theresa Raizenberg, Midi Achmat, Zackie Achmat, Jack Lewis, Bassie Nelson, under Abigale (Association of Bisexuals, Gays and Lesbians) led the first Pride march in this city, raising awareness about people’s intersecting struggles along race, class, gender identity, disability, nationality, sexual orientation and HIV status.

Among the LGBTIPAQ+ community are faith communities, communities of refugees, asylum seekers, Black people, Coloured people, Indian people, sex workers, persons living in rural areas, township residents, people with disabilities, poor people, to name a few. The current events under the Cape Town Pride theme “Gay/Proud/Colourblind” unjustly excludes many of these people from participating in an event endorsed by the City of Cape Town. ‘Colourblind’ goes without saying as a slap-in-the face for a Pride event that is known to be racist.

The Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, we are appealing to you to intervene and support this Network in ensuring that Cape Town Pride is an inclusive, accountable and transparent festival for all community members in this City by:
• Holding Cape Town Pride accountable, in particular for its lack of transparency in its sponsorship from the City of Cape Town and other related financial support.

• Ensuring that Cape Town Pride is inclusive of all mentioned communities. As a Network we request that the City of Cape Town provide freely accessible and safe bus services (MyCiti) to all communities taking part in the Pride Festival.

• Being critical of non-inclusivity, exclusionary and elitist Cape Town Pride events that do not represent all groups and openly marginalise people on the basis of class, race, location, gender, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, gender identity, expression, and body diversity.

Until Cape Town Pride is inclusive and representative of all those marginalised in this City, we will continue to raise our voices and march under the slogan: “Kwanele – Nothing About Us Without Us”

Will you sign?

Cape Town Pride as it stands does not represent diverse gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual and queer groups. It only represents a small number of people who subscribe to the global label ‘gay’. Not all LGBTIPAQ+ persons are gay; and to misrepresent multitudes of people under this category is undermining the experiences that many people have because of who they are, how they present themselves and where they are located.

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  • signed 2016-09-24 23:04:13 +0200
    Kin Folkz
  • signed via 2016-02-23 04:26:21 +0200
    Natalia Cabanillas
  • signed 2016-02-13 22:43:14 +0200
  • signed 2016-02-07 14:21:43 +0200
    WE need a pride that is representative of all and also one which is accountable on how money is spent which is raised through these events.
  • signed via 2016-01-27 07:33:51 +0200
  • signed via 2016-01-26 15:04:51 +0200
  • signed via 2016-01-26 11:51:39 +0200
    Frances Eberhard
  • signed via 2016-01-26 11:37:20 +0200
  • signed via 2016-01-26 10:54:52 +0200
  • signed via 2016-01-26 10:49:03 +0200
  • signed via 2016-01-26 10:27:58 +0200
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-01-26 09:52:46 +0200
    Sign the petition: Make Cape Town Pride inclusive
  • signed 2016-01-26 09:52:01 +0200
    Kwanele! Stop pushing us out to the margins! Asiyindawo!
  • signed 2016-01-21 12:53:32 +0200
  • signed 2016-01-21 09:37:59 +0200
  • signed 2016-01-20 14:28:53 +0200
  • signed 2016-01-19 11:30:59 +0200
    I think Pride should be Inclusive for everyone and people should be happy and proud to be part of the Pride. We must have one voice as LGBTIPAQ people so that people can start to respect us.
  • signed 2016-01-18 17:56:22 +0200
  • signed 2016-01-18 11:21:16 +0200
    Such blatant discrimination by the City must not be tolerated!
  • signed 2016-01-18 10:28:33 +0200
  • signed 2016-01-18 09:32:27 +0200
    Cape town pride is selfish and arrogant, if the stain of racist doesnt worry the city of cape town that means the city is for racism, you know what they say about the company you keep.
  • signed 2016-01-18 09:31:04 +0200
    Nothing for us without us
  • signed 2016-01-15 12:18:39 +0200
  • signed 2016-01-15 11:54:20 +0200
  • signed via 2015-12-17 19:11:25 +0200
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-17 18:48:14 +0200
    When "Proud, Gay, Colourblind" isn't enough. |Sign the petition: Make Cape Town Pride inclusive
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    When "Proud, Gay, Colourblind" isn't enough. |Sign the petition: Make Cape Town Pride inclusive
  • signed 2015-12-17 18:43:36 +0200
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-16 14:34:24 +0200
    Sign the petition: Make Cape Town Pride inclusive
  • signed 2015-12-16 14:31:45 +0200