What Pride Month means to me: Ndiilo Nthengwe

Pride Month means contextually different things for every state in the world, and depending on how that meaning is applied, the inevitable impact it has on the sexual, gender and sex minority individuals in these respective states cannot be overstated.

It can mean freedom in one aspect and bondage in another. It can be legislative progress and milestones, and subjugation and violence with impunity at the same time.

For me, it means constantly having to censor my existence in a country that attained independence 3 decades ago whilst still finding ways to feel proud and deserving of every space I intend to occupy.

It means living, despite the fears and societal expectations. It means accepting conditions as they are whilst remaining hopeful for a more inclusive and affirming future.