Cape Town – Actor and radio presenter Mohale Motaung celebrated Freedom Day last week with gay pride event in Mbombela, alongside actor Wiseman Zitha and DA provincial leader Jane Sithole.
Mohale took to his Instagram page and wrote: “We act as a force for change, supporting a movement towards an equitable society for all! Today [Wednesday] I hosted the first ever pride parade to take place in Mbombela. My heart is happy! LGBTQI + rights are human rights.”
However, one of the followers quickly dismissed Mohale’s assertion that this was the first pride parade to take place in Mbombela.
“Mbombela has been hosting pride parades. This is not the 1st one speaking as an LGBTIQ activist in Mbombela Mpumalanga. We have hosted a lot of them please google and share the correct information,” said the social media user.
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According to Daily Sun, Mohale said many people remained in the closet, as they were scared to come out.
“This is because we fear for our lives each and every day. Every day, we are reminded of how we are not normal and how we are a waste.
“They think we just wake up and decide to be gay. I don’t think anybody chooses to be something others don’t necessarily appreciate.
“If you are gay, transgender or whatever you are, please don’t stop being yourself.
We act as a force for change, supporting a movement towards an equitable society for all! 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️
Today, I hosted the first ever Pride Parade to take place in Mbombela. My heart is happy! 🏳️🌈❤️
LGBTQI + rights are human rights! 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈⚧ pic.twitter.com/tWL3wITYPt
— Mohale Motaung (@mohale_motaung) April 27, 2022
“It is important to wake up every morning and tell yourself this is me; this is who I am and I accept myself,” the report quoted Mohale as saying.
Times Live reported that Mohale has been vocal about the importance of living his truth.
According to the report, he recently spoke to gospel star NJ Kunene about sexuality and faith and said:
“My dad was the welcoming one, the one who said it was OK. My mom had a few challenges accepting. I gave her time to really come to terms [with it]. I had a lot of conversations with her. I made her understand who I am and nothing has changed about me. I am still her son. I am still the same person she knows, it’s just that I had differences.”
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