In 1998 the Pride Committee began a process of transformation to ensure that the Committee is representative of the LGBT community. This was the first year of a five-year plan to ensure that the Pride Committee represents the community and provides access to those members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community who have not been previously represented on the Committee.
The 1998 Committee elected a task team from the Committee and Consultants to draft the constitution as laid down in this document. The final revisions were made with the assistance of the Gay and Lesbian Legal Advice Centre. The 1999 Committee ratified this constitution and the Pride Trust, with its Board of trustees was established to work towards ensuring that the Annual Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade becomes lawful and non-profit and remains a community based organisation serving the LGBT community.
The march in October 1992 came closest to drawing the traditions of pride and protest together. More explicitly political than in previous years, the theme - "Marching For Our Rights" - is linked directly to the inclusion of a specific clause within the African National Congress’s Bill of Rights to protect the rights of Lesbians and Gay men. But it also attracted a wider range of Lesbians and Gay men than ever before. People whom, regardless of their political views, joined up for the fun of it, for the colourful procession through the streets.
Since 1994 when the march was officially renamed a Parade, the growth in attendance has been exponential. In 1990, over 800 people and two floats made up the first march. In 1996, more than 10 000 people attended with 31 decorated floats vying for media attention.
Recent Pride Parades have been rallying points around which the South African Lesbian and Gay community have expressed their outrage at Robert Mugabe’s oppression of the Gay and Lesbian community, and have demonstrated their visible support for South Africa’s groundbreaking Constitution. In addition, one of the main factors in the success of the parade has been its inclusiveness. Consequently it has enjoyed support from a wide range of cultural, political and recreational organisations.
Although the Parade may have been inclusive the organising committee was not representative of the GLBT community. In 1998 the committee embarked on a transformation process. For the first time the committee was comprised of over thirty members from all sectors of the community. The committee then voted and officially changed the name of the parade to the Annual Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade.
Also as part of the transformation process was the Community Outreach Project (COP). The COP was initiated to educate Lesbian and Gay members from previously disadvantaged communities about basic human rights, gender awareness and safer sexual practices. The COP was also a means of making the GLTB members of previously disadvantaged communities aware of the Pride Parade, so that they too could celebrate their sexual orientation with pride by attending the event.