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Pride in Gauteng
GALA Queer Archive T-shirt archive, photographed for Common, curated by Khanya Mashabela, 6 May – 26 July 2023. Image courtesy of A4 Arts Foundation.
Title Pride in Gauteng Date Date unknown Type Archival garment
Associated organisations Gauteng Provincial Government, Thami Dish Foundation
Dimensions 75 x 85 cm


Though the year of this T-shirt's making is unknown, the slogan suggests that it was made for the Johannesburg Pride March.

The first Johannesburg Lesbian and Gay Pride March was held on 13 October 1990, organised by the Gay and Lesbian Organisation of the Witwatersrand (GLOW), was the first event of its kind on the African continent. The march aimed to advocate for the decriminalisation of homosexuality, as well as to call for the end of apartheid. 800 people were in attendance and gay and lesbian rights activists, including Beverley Ditsie, Justice Edwin Cameron, Donné Rundle, Hendrik Pretorius and Simon Nkoli, addressed the crowd.

Over three decades of annual Pride marches have been observed in South Africa. Since the initial event in 1990, Pride marches have continued to grow in South Africa, with each of the nine provinces now hosting a march.