LeGaBiBo will hold a number of events throughout the year. Some private events to help protect the community and some public events to help raise awareness such as our popular first annual film festival which explored LGBTI issues. This popular event was held in Gaborone and then toured Botswana, taking in Maun & Francistown and later Palapye.
2013 saw the first LGBTI Film Festival in Botswana held at University of Botswana. LeGaBiBo also contributes and work with Ditshwanelo represting LGBTI rights at the annual Human Rights Film Festival.
LeGaBiBo hosted a LGBTI bar/club night “Liberty” where the LGTBI community met to relax and enjoy a night out in the company of like minded individuals as part of the closing night of the first Batho Ba Lorato Film Festival.
We usually hold a pride party in Gaborone to coincide with Johannesburg Pride (Joburg Mardi Gras) for those who can not make it to the event over the border. If you can make it to the events in Durban, Cape Town, Soweto, Johannesburg or Port Elizabeth get in touch with us as we maybe able to arrange transport or car sharing to ensure Botswana is represented.
International Day Against Homophobia (May 17th)
The day aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBTI rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBTI rights work. LeGaBiBo use this day to help raise awareness of LGBTI issues in Botswana. The day commemorates the day that homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990. It is also known as IDAHOT (to include Transphobia – although this is not yet re-classified – sign the petition).
Transgender Day of Rememberance (November 20th)
These commemoration is held annually on 20 November. It is a day to remember transgender people who have been killed as a result of transphobia or those facing hatred or fear because of being transgender and gender non-conforming people. This event is spearheaded by our sister organisation Rainbow Identity Association
16 Days of Activism (November 25th to December 10th)
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasise that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights another significant date “December 1, which is World AIDS Day”.
World Aids Day (December 1st)
HIV/AIDS remains a major issue in Botswana and the rest of the Continent.
Human Rights Day (December 10th)
Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.