PRIDE ORGANISING COMMITTEE
WHO ARE WE?
The Ekurhuleni Pride Organising Committee was formed in June 2009 by a small group of LGBTIs who had the desire to make a positive change from severe Hate-Crimes affecting LGBTIs within Ekurhuleni. EPOC then undertook the gruelling and challenging task of organising the Ekurhuleni Pride March in a period of 3 months. And what a success it was, we were able to march the streets of Kwa-Thema and celebrate our uniqueness and self-pride.
EPOC comprises of 13 hard-working volunteers who have worked hand in hand towards the fight of liberty, equality and non-discrimination against LGBTIs. The Executive committee consist of of the following members:
WHAT IS OUR VISION?
Our vision is to unite Ekurhuleni’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered and Intersexed community; To bring information and resources closer to the LGBTI community in respect of their mental and physical health, political stance, creed and background; To educate and bring awareness to the Ekurhuleni townships of the existence of LGBTIs in order to combat hate crimes, victimisation and injustice; To preserve the self-liberation of LGBTIs that was initiated by Ekurhuleni LGBTIs in the 1980’s.
WHAT IS OUR MISSION?
We will accomplish our vision by holding regular meetings to share information, hosting workshops and conferences to bring forth education and by organising the annual Ekurhuleni Pride March to celebrate our uniqueness and to protest for our emancipation at workplaces, places of worship and our homes, we also aim to document the lives and the openly gay and lesbian Ekurhuleni activists who liberated themselves in the 1980’s.
WHAT ARE OUR OBJECTIVES?
- To fight against exploitation, injustice and victimisation if found, against any LGBTIs in Ekurhuleni townships.
- To educate the Ekurhuleni Community for the adoption of good norms of a better residency and to inculcate into the people’s mind, ideals of unity with the LGBTI Community.
- To work towards uplifting the status of LBT women in the society. To fight against female victimisation, “corrective” rape or any other related issues.
- To create the means for providing counseling for LGBTIs suffering from hate-speech, discrimination and abuse in the workplace, home-front and places of worship.
- To create awareness among the LGBTI regarding the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
- To organise forums, seminars, camps etc for spreading self love, pride and to empower LGBTIs and educate them on methods of developing self confidence etc and to create EPOC branches throughout Ekurhuleni for the above activities.
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
EPOC aims at further continuing the fight against the social ills affecting the LGBTI community. Our work is currently highly dependent on funding from larger organisations as well as donations; we are therefore in the process of registering EPOC in order to serve our purpose more easily. Our events annually include the following:
- General Meetings amongst LGBTIs Outreach Programmes Workshops Community Dialogues The Miss Ekurhuleni Lesbian and Mr Ekurhuleni Gay pageants Sports Day and The Ekurhuleni Gay and Lesbian Pride March.