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Being Queer in the Kingdom of eSwatini

By Kellyn Botha

 

4 July 2018

Those who are part of the LGBTI+ community know all too well the daily struggle that comes with existing and seeking equality in a world that rarely listens. But every now and then, there is an event that can give us hope; that can encapsulate the beautiful, joyful diversity for which we stand.
On Saturday 30 June, the last day of International Pride Month, the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) hosted its first ever Pride March in the capital, Mbabane. The historic event is captured in the photo gallery below.
May eSwatini Pride 2019 be even bigger, louder, and prouder!

 

 

A couple embraces behind a rainbow flag before eSwatini Pride, Mbabane. Photo by Kellyn Botha Pride Swaziland 2018

A couple embraces behind a rainbow flag before eSwatini Pride, Mbabane. Photo by Kellyn Botha

Iranti’s Zethu Gqozo celebrates during the eSwatini Pride celebrations. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

Iranti’s Zethu Gqozo celebrates during the eSwatini Pride celebrations. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

Local members of the LGBTI+ community hold a home-made rainbow banner proclaiming the country’s newly adopted name, eSwatini. Photo by: Kellyn Botha Pride Swaziland 2018

Local members of the LGBTI+ community hold a home-made rainbow banner proclaiming the country’s newly adopted name, eSwatini. Photo by: Kellyn Botha

Allies to the queer community pose for pictures in group t-shirts at the Prince of Wales Field in Mbabane. Photo by: Gugu Mandla Pride Swaziland 2018

Allies to the queer community pose for pictures in group t-shirts at the Prince of Wales Field in Mbabane. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

All sorts of flags and colourful banners were present at Prince of Wales Field, Mbabane, representing just some of the diverse identities to be found within the LGBTI+ community. Photo by: Gugu Mandla Pride Swaziland 2018

All sorts of flags and colourful banners were present at Prince of Wales Field, Mbabane, representing just some of the diverse identities to be found within the LGBTI+ community. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

The march makes its way through the streets of Mbabane, eSwatini’s capital, bringing visibility to the LGBTI+ community of the area. Photo by: Kellyn Botha Pride Swaziland 2018

The march makes its way through the streets of Mbabane, eSwatini’s capital, bringing visibility to the LGBTI+ community of the area. Photo by: Kellyn Botha

“Sonkhe Siyafanana - We are all Equal” displays a colourful placard during the eSwatini Pride March, Mbabane, Swaziland Photo by: Gugu Mandla Pride Swaziland 2018

“Sonkhe Siyafanana - We are all Equal” displays a colourful placard during the eSwatini Pride March, Mbabane, Swaziland Photo by: Gugu Mandla

eSwatini Pride Co-organiser, Frankie Dlamini, dances and sings during the Pride March through the streets of Mbabane. Photo by: Gugu Mandla Swaziland Pride 2018

eSwatini Pride Co-organiser, Frankie Dlamini, dances and sings during the Pride March through the streets of Mbabane. Photo by: Gugu Mandla

eSwatini Pride marchers fill the streets with colour and song in the first such display in the country’s history. Photo by: Kellyn Botha

eSwatini Pride marchers fill the streets with colour and song in the first such display in the country’s history. Photo by: Kellyn Botha

: The Rock of Hope’s Melusi Simelane (center) leads the march alongside numerous supporters and colleagues, Mbabane, eSwatini. Photo by: Kellyn Botha Pride Swaziland 2018

The Rock of Hope’s Melusi Simelane (center) leads the march alongside numerous supporters and colleagues, Mbabane, eSwatini. Photo by: Kellyn Botha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
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