While homosexual acts are illegal in most African countries, same sex marriage is legal in South Africa and discrimination against LGBTI people outlawed. Even with that though, homophobia is bound to exist, especially in smaller towns. That makes this story of new-found acceptance by a small community a fantastic one.
“We decided to have a traditional wedding because we firstly wanted to show people that being homosexual can be part of an African culture,” says Modisane. “Being gay is as African as being black”
Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sitho, both 27-years-old, married in the town of KwaDukuza (Stanger) this past weekend. It was the town’s first gay marriage. The two have been dating for three years and decided to tie the knot in a traditional Zulu and Tswana wedding ceremony. I love watching how jubilant, not only the newlyweds are, but the guests and crowd of onlookers also.
Watch a couple of videos of the grooms talking about their relationship and wedding below. The mother-of-the-groom is so adorable. Check it out.