Responding to the psycho-social needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community

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Pietermaritzburg’s annual Pink Mynah Festival is nearly upon us, and we are giving everyone a chance to win some great prizes! The Gay & Lesbian Network will be hosting the Pink Mynah Festival from the 22nd-29th of October. The programme includes a film & art exhibition, a cheese & wine evening, the Mr & Ms Pink Mynah Pageant, a fashion show and the much celebrated street parade.

The Gay & Lesbian Network is a non-profit Organisation based in Pietermaritzburg which advocates for equality, respect and acceptance of the LGTI community. The Pink Mynah Festival is our main fundraising event of the year and is proudly sponsored by the department of Arts & Culture and is endorsed by KwaZulu-Natal Tourism and the Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association.

As part of the festival, we are running a photo and film competition and are inviting everyone to submit photos or films of themselves in which they feel safe and supported within the context of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community. The theme for the Pink Mynah Festival is #MyRight2B and so we are looking for photos and films of those who are ‘out and proud’, happy couples, and the supportive family and friends! These entries will form part of our film & art exhibition, which will be taking place on the 22nd of October. Entries for this competition close on the 30th of September so get snapping!

We are also appealing to anyone between the ages of 18 and 35 to enter our Pink Mynah Pageant. There will be two winners, Mr Pink Mynah and Ms Pink Mynah. However, we encourage you to enter the category in which you feel most comfortable, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. You do not need any modelling experience and this pageant is a great stepping stone to those who wish to advance in this field. Part of the entertainment for the night also includes a fashion show by local designers and performances by Drag Queens. Entries for the pageant close on the 14th of October, so be sure to enter soon!

Furthermore, we are holding a raffle for a pair of limited edition Pride Shoes. These gorgeous shoes are made in Spain and made from top quality materials. Tickets will be available until the 29th of October, when we will hold the draw at our Pink Mynah Picnic, which will take place at the YMCA after the street parade. We are also seeking sponsorship and donations from anyone who would like to contribute to this auspicious event.

With all of these great competitions, fabulous prizes to be won, and great entertainment in store- you just have to be sure to join in the festivities!