“We’re finding that the number of homeless youth is growing. As much as we’re growing LGBTQI+ on a corporate level, inclusion is being driven by a global perspective. In South Africa, we still have to fight. The youth are facing a lot of challenges and the homeless are a big focus point for us,” said Kaye Ally, project manager for Joburg Pride.
Ally said for now they were leveraging off state-owned shelters currently in existence.
“It’s difficult because they’re very specific male- or female-oriented shelters, and in some instances refuse admission for a member of the LGBTQI+ community, especially from a transgender perspective. Homophobia has always been rife in Africa but transphobia is a much bigger issue that’s not being addressed.”
There are still a number of African countries that cannot celebrate Pride, with same-sex marriage constitutionally banned in nine out of 54 countries,and the community protected in only seven.