Breaking my long-term blog silence (motto: don’t apologise, don’t explain) with this amazing breaking news of a traditional wedding that took place recently in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The happy couple are men and theirs is the first traditional African gay wedding in KZN.
Says Tshepo Modisane:
“We decided on a traditional wedding not only to keep in line with our customs and traditions, but we also wanted to show the people of this country that, yes – it is possible to have a traditional African gay wedding,” explains Modisane. “There is this idea that being gay is an ‘unAfrican’ phenomenon, that homosexuality is something to be ashamed of – that it is a Western thing. Thabo and I wanted to go against this notion by showing South Africans that being gay is indeed African and is very much a part of the African culture. We wanted people to know that a gay union can be accepted and celebrated by friends, family and the broader community,” he says.
Watch the wedding video here.