• All Share : 51416.76
    UP 0.22%
    Top40 - (Tradeable) : 45914.28
    UP 0.32%
    Financial 15 : 17099.44
    UP 0.79%
    Industrial 25 : 66517.76
    UP 0.02%
    Resource 10 : 35413.39
    UP 0.49%

  • ZAR/USD : 12.5641
    DOWN -0.55%
    ZAR/GBP : 19.5744
    DOWN -0.30%
    ZAR/EUR : 13.8809
    DOWN -0.94%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.101
    DOWN -0.98%
    ZAR/AUD : 9.1912
    UP 0.18%

  • Gold US$/oz : 1094.92
    DOWN -0.01%
    Platinum US$/oz : 983.6
    UP 0.04%
    Silver US$/oz : 14.64
    UP 0.41%
    Palladium US$/oz : 619.95
    UP 0.98%
    Brent Crude : 52.93
    DOWN -0.04%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by Profile Data
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Tue Jul 28 12:21:51 SAST 2015

Gay flag for a 'queer' South Africa

DENISE WILLIAMS | 08 October, 2012 00:30

South AFRICA'S first gay flag has been officially registered.

The Department of Arts and Culture approved the registration of the flag last week.

Mava Mothiba, representing the department's bureau of heraldry, said yesterday there had been no objections to the flag - a combination of the international gay flag and the South African national flag.

"It has been registered under the Heraldry Act and is protected by the act," he said.

Gay Flag of SA, a non-profit organisation, submitted the flag for approval as a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-gender and intersex people.

The organisation's founder, the flag designer, Eugene Brockman, said he was delighted.

"Today is the most important day of my life.

"The flag has become a symbol of both the celebration of queer South African identity and of the obstacles and hate crimes South Africans face that are unique to this country."

On another front, the organisation has lashed out at parliament's constitutional review committee for considering a proposal to amend the constitution and "trample on" the rights of homosexuals.

The application by the Mpumalanga House of Traditional Leaders is for the deletion of freedom of sexual orientation from the Bill of Rights.


If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.