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South Africa first to recognize gay flag as an official national symbol

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The South African government has announced in the official Government Gazette that the Gay Flag of South Africa has been approved and accepted as the country’s official gay flag (an adaptation of the international gay flag and the South African national flag).

This makes South Africa the first country in the world to officially recognize a gay flag, and likely any official LGBTI symbol.

The Department of Arts and Culture through the Bureau of Heraldry designs and registers heraldic representations such as flags and is guided by the Heraldry Act, which governs the use and protection of national symbols which is currently under the authority of the Minister of Arts & Culture.

“The Gay Flag of SA is now officially recognized and protected by the Department of Arts and Culture and the government of South Africa,” said Mava Mothiba from the department.

[ad1] Eugene Brockman, the designer of the flag and co-founder with Henry Bantjes of the non-profit organization “Gay Flag of South Africa” that promotes the flag said, “The flag has become a symbol for both the celebration of queer South African identity as well as the a symbol against the obstacles facing LGBTI South Africans such as hate crimes. More than that the flag has become a watch dog, and its popularity resulted in the formation of an NPO advocacy group.”

The Gay Flag of South Africa (GFSA) group is currently on tour in South Africa with a showcase of acts, going from town to town promoting the Gay Flag, equality and the right to live free of homophobia in South Africa.

The group met this week with acclaimed out gay Justice Edwin Cameron, who invited the GFSA to the constitutional court to celebrate and acknowledge the gay flag team’s efforts.

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13 more reader comments:

  1. And there are US citizens who call them primitive. These people know nothing. I love South Africa.

    Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7:24pm
  2. Am I the only one who finds it sad that the United States isn’t even as developed as that? >.>

    Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7:25pm
  3. It’s about time!

    Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7:25pm
  4. @ jason counter i know the US is still in the old times and i want to move out of the us at some point

    Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7:28pm
  5. gay marriage is legal in mexico too!
    cuba’s in the works!!! Fidel Castro’s niece is an lgbt activist. its sad that these countries are more accepting than the US.

    Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7:32pm
  6. I wanna go to Spain lol

    Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7:33pm
  7. And just think, it has only been less than a decade since they ended apartheid. Wow. The US in comparison just looks very, very sad.

    Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7:34pm
  8. If I tried to figure out why this country is so far behind in equality for all American citizens, I’d not be able to do so because there is no good or valid reason.

    Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 7:46pm
  9. The reason why America is behind is simple: religion.

    Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 8:02pm
  10. I’ve seriously considered leaving the USA, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to be run out of the country of my birth.

    Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 8:06pm
  11. Nova, Apartheid ended in 1994.

    Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 8:22pm
  12. wow…!!!

    Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 10:01pm
  13. Bravo South Africa.

    Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 10:16pm