Namibia Celebrates Pride

Published: December 9, 2013

The event was held in the city’s township of Katutura and saw about 100 people taking to the streets to proudly express their pride.

The marchers held up placards calling for LGBT equality, with messages such as “Up with love, down with hate” and “Dare to be different”.
The half hour march was followed by a fun day at the UN Plaza, where participants celebrated with friends and family and played sports.
The festivities concluded with a party that night.
Linda Baumann, director of Out-Right Namibia, which organised the event, told Mambaonline that the day was “perfect!”
She said that although LGBT-related demonstrations or protests have been held in Namibia before, she believes that this was the first Pride event and celebration in the country’s history.
“It was a celebration, as well as in recognition and remembrance of LGBT victims of gender based violence,” she said.
Baumann commented that a memorable aspect of the event was that “we had black and white people marching together with pride”.
She explained that “there is a gap between the two communities in the country and it was historic; a mixture of our communities getting together”.
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