October is Pride month which celebrates the LBGTQIA movement and seeks to bring awareness to the challenges that still remain. The CHT is proud to be launching a comprehensive timeline which traces the roots of the LBGTQIA movement from pre-colonial times until today. This important resource can be used by anyone who wants to better understand the struggle for human rights in South Africa and especially by learners in schools who wish to supplement the history curriculum. The timeline reveals how decades of struggle for gay rights culminated in the inclusion of the sexual orientation clause in the 1993 Interim Constitution. This was retained in the Constitution of 1996. An explicit prohibition of discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation was the first in any constitution in the world. Check back soon to find out more.
Did you know
The gay pride flag of South Africa, designed by Eugene Brockman, is a hybrid of the LBGT rainbow flag and the new South African National Flag which was launched in 1994 after the end of apartheid. The flag is a gay pride symbol that aims to reflect the freedom and diversity of the South African nation and build pride in being an LGBT South African.