The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) community took to the streets of Bloemfontein this past weekend in hopes to bring change and get acceptance from the country.
There were many cheers and singing of struggle songs while they awaited the majority of the group to get to Hoffman Square in Bloemfontein. Majoel Majara told Bloemfontein Courant that she has been in Bloemfontein for 10 years now and this march is something she always looks forward to, because it gives her a chance to stand up for her rights. She said that taking to the streets is a way for this community to make their voices heard and to fight for what they believe in.
“We are hoping that after today, people will just let us be because we are not safe anymore. People these days, when they find out that you are a lesbian, rape you because they think that will make you straight,” Majara said. She added that the event is sentimental for them and it’s not just about the hate crimes but also about equality. So many times people talk about gender equality but she asks herself where does the LGBTIQ community fall?
Another individual who attended the colourful and cheerful march, Precious Lesupi, said she thinks everyone was present at the march to raise awareness and let people know that this community is important and that they exist and that they are human. “I am Pansexual (romantically or emotionally attracted towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity), and people do not even know what that means. I feel people are ignorant to the fact that this community has many different sub sections in it.”
She said that the world needs to understand that they love the same way as other people do and that they also go to church, so she has been wondering why are they being treated unfairly. – Sazly Hartzenberg