Celebrating with a Conscious
Pride provides a platform for every part of Cape Town’s LGBT+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, intersex, non-binary, asexual, polysexual, genderqueer and gender variant people) to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and campaign for the freedoms that will allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing. Our annual Parade through the heart of the CBD gives us a chance to be visible and speak loudly to the rest of the city about what we have achieved, how far we have come and what is still needed.
Pride includes people of every race and faith, whether disabled or able-bodied and all sexualities and genders including lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, queer, questioning, intersex, trans*, genderqueer, gender variant or non-binary as well as straight and cis allies. Cape Town Pride is run entirely by volunteers. We came together as Cape Town Pride LGBT+ Community Pride in 2014 to find a way to deliver a Pride that Cape Town deserves.
OUTReach Africa hosts Cape Town Pride and multiple LGBTI+ events and publications in Cape Town and surrounds.
This year marks 28 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in South Africa, and 16 years since South Africa voted to legalise same-sex marriage, giving same-sex couples the same legal rights as straight ones.
We have come a long way in those 28 years, yet we face daily reminders that the global battle for true equality is far from over, and rights hard won can be threatened, attacked and taken away.
It has taken our community many years to secure legal equality for the whole community, and there is still work to do.
We exist to continue to fight for true equality and challenge prejudices that the LGBT+ community still sadly face on a daily basis.
Be fully inclusive of all sections of the LGBT+ community.
Provide a celebration of LGBT+ life and a platform to continue the fight for equality and to challenge prejudice.
Establish Cape Town Pride on a sustainable footing and grow the festival over time to serve better the needs of Cape Town’s LGBT+ community and promote Cape Town as a beacon to the world.