June was pride month and for real, it was full of sass, pomp, glamour and good vibes.
Swaziland held its first ever pride festival and it was full of life!
LGBTI activists in Swaziland worked day and night so as to make history by celebrating its first ever Pride festival in the last week of June and everyone showed their support on social media by tweeting as a way of showing solidarity.
Another good news: There was a mini pride celebration by Queer refugees in Kakuma and I'm so stoked like how daring is that? How bad ass are you guys?! I'm so proud of you!
Bad news: Unfortunately, anonymous homophobes were so quick to send death threats their way but what has happened has happened. They have already made their existence known by being themselves and the struggle has just began.
Wait, that’s it?
Yes. WE NEED PRIDE.
Pride was born in 1969 when Marsha P Johnson threw the first brick at the police in the Stonewall riots. The moment that brick was thrown, our fight as Queer folks had truly began.
Still, it’s sad how there has been debates here and there on whether or not Pride is still a protest and if it's necessary.
First, until each and every member of the LGBTI community all over Africa and around the world is free to be who they are without fear of persecution or even murder, it will always be a protest. It will be always be a form of resistance. It will be a way of saying we are gays, we are here and we mean business.
Second, it’s important to celebrate milestones being achieved around the world each and every year. We have more openly LGBTI people in politics, celebrities celebrating queerness like Janelle Monae's Song Pink, LGBTI stories being told on the big screen, and some of us can get married in more countries than ever before especially in the Western world but it can be easy to get selective amnesia when we make progress.