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A girl smiles at a friend at Soweto Gay Pride 2009


At Soweto Gay Pride in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Pride March, in it's 3rd year is organized by Forum for the Empowerment of Women FEW. For years FEW has worked on advancing and defending the rights of black lesbian women and highlighting the violations faced by women in the townships because of their sexual orientation. When Soweto Pride was initiated in 2004, the idea was to bring about visibility of lesbian women in the townships and to reclaim our voices. The theme was celebrating our identities, our sexualities and our heritage, and was held on the location were two lesbians were brutally murdered three years ago.

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Taken on September 26, 2009