This past Saturday, Gaborone glistened in rainbow colours as the annual Gaborone Pride celebration took place at the Central Business District (CBD). The fourth pride event in the nation was a gathering that brought together people from the Lesbians, Gays & Bisexuals and Transgender (LGBT) community in Botswana, their families and allies together in one place.

The event started off with a pride walk in the morning then turned into an all day party at the Three Dikgosi Monument in CBD.

There was an array of stalls in the vicinity which offered food, clothing, drinks and information about where one can get legal aid for human rights violation issues and a sexual health stall which offered things such as finger cots, which are made to keep people safe during sexual intercourse.


Gaborone Pride Coordinator Olivia Maswikiti said that the event was graced by about 1500 people. "This is the biggest Pride celebration which we have had in Gaborone. The pride celebration is done to celebrate the milestones which the LGBTIQ community has accomplished over the years."

The Gaborone Pride Celebration first came in to the scene around the time when the LGBT community in Botswana began to make leeway in policies that spoke to the legalisation of homosexuality in Botswana.