UJ students came out in numbers to support the annual Gay Pride march that took place yesterday at the University’s Auckland Park Kingsway campus.
“The main purpose of Pride is to raise awareness [for] gay rights and to [pay] homage to the Gay people who lost their lives due to hate crimes,” said Nathi Phandliwe, the chairperson of the Liberti.
The march is an initiative by the University of Johannesburg to demonstrate its acceptance of the LGBTI community.
UJ is undergoing inclusive change and this means accepting the LGBTI community, said Lethlogonolo Maimane, the chairperson of UJ’s SRC.
Demonstrators included a mix of heterosexual students and members of the LGBTI community.
Paballo Sishibe, a student who identifies herself as “straight”, said that the Pride march was important to her because she got the opportunity to support her friend, Katlego Molefe, who is a lesbian.
Students from the LGBTI community called for the student community to accept them through songs. When analysed, one of the songs teases with the question: “Don’t you know that being straight is now boring?”
The march is an annual event organised by UJ’s Liberti organisation in conjunction with UJ Community Engagement, the SRC and the Transformation Unit.