An African Gay Traditional Wedding

08 Apr

Two gentlemen got married this weekend in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. What made this particular ceremony so beautiful was that it was a traditional wedding, celebrated with family and friends. South Africa remains one of the few countries in Africa where it’s legal to be gay and to marry your significant other of any sex.

For me as a West African, to have a gay traditional wedding with the full support of your family, particularly your extended family is the zenith of acceptance and no document obtained from a court will ever equal this. Unfortunately, legal acceptance is the only form that seems likely and this may not occur any time soon.

One of the grooms said:“We see no reason to hide in darkness as if there is something to be ashamed about. Our marriage is largely symbolic and a sign that black gay men can commit and build family through a happy and loving marriage.”

I wish them joy, peace and prosperity in their life together and I hope this wedding is a harbinger of the kind of total acceptance the future holds for our continent.


Posted by on April 8, 2013 in The Business of Living


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10 responses to “An African Gay Traditional Wedding

  1. rainbowsudan

    April 8, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Reblogged this on Rainbow Sudan.

  2. Sacha Black

    April 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Love this a lot 🙂 xx

    • D.C.

      April 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      So do I lol. Just watched the video again..

  3. segmation

    April 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I wish them much happiness. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. jukk888

    April 9, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Reblogged this on Just us Kissing and commented:
    I really enjoyed this article by Purple Gloves about a traditional wedding in South Africa. South Africa is the one of the few countries where homosexuality is legal in Africa. It’s so nice to see the family and friends’ support.

  5. fundamentallyqueer

    June 6, 2013 at 4:07 am

    love love love!


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