Thousands of people took part in the first Pride march in Johannesburg, South Africa, since the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday Oct. 29, celebrating the LGBTQ community despite a US terror attack warning in the city.
The warning was advising Johannesburg city to avoid public gatherings during the weekend, but it did not mention the Johannesburg Pride specifically.
Lethuxolo Shange, a 24-year-old doctor attending in the Pride march, told Reuters that it was not the first time they [Queer people] had been threatened, “so we are not going to let people terrorize us”.
Thousands of people marched, sang and danced on the streets to celebrate for Pride for the first time in two years.
Due to the possibility of the terror attack, police officers were seen patrolling the parade on the day of celebration.
The first Johannesburg Pride march was held 33 years ago.
In 2006, South Africa legalized same-sex marriage, and it remains the only African country to have done so.