December 22, 2010
South African gay flag revealed at MCQP
The South African gay flag. Photo courtesy Red Carpet Communications
A crowd of 10 000 watched in anticipation at the unveiling of South Africa’s own Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intergender (LGBTI) flag at this year’s MCQP, the Mother City Queer Project, one of the largest parties in the country.
Speaking at the event, designer of the flag Eugene Brockman said, ”I truly believe we [the LGBTI community] put the dazzle into our rainbow nation and this flag is a symbol of just that. Look at all these costumes, this event, even Cape Town at large … testimony [to the fact] that we as the gay community have a lot to offer in [terms of] skills, talent, inspiration, business … and life’.
Now in its seventeenth year, MCQP has grown to become a national and international cultural phenomenon, transcending race, culture, gender and sexuality. This year’s party was bigger, better and more fabulous than ever before as throngs of partygoers of all sexualities and races came together for an evening of fun, dancing, support and acceptance.
South Africa’s gay community hosted this incredible event at the brand new Cape Town Stadium, with organisers Tommy Patterson and Ian McMahon arranging some of the finest music and entertainment the city has to offer.
De Waterkant, known as Cape Town’s gay village, has already adopted the flag as their own. The flag is also set to fly during Cape Town Pride 2011, and will be taken to Johannesburg and the rest of the country.