Possibly the first if its kind in South Africa, the aptly named ‘The Unapologetic’ group is planning to start tearing up roads and highways across Gauteng.
Mambaonline spoke to its founder, James William Brown, about the fledgling new group which is keen to grow and get members to join up.
Also, I’m busy working on getting some bikes together to ride in the Pretoria Pride march. There are no gay biker groups to my knowledge and I think it’s something that’s needed so [gay bikers] don’t feel they’re alone. Once they found out I’m gay, things did change, and people did treat me slightly differently for a while – but they got used to it.
It should give them a feeling that they’re part of something and they’re making a difference.
The plan is to do breakfast runs on Sundays and then have weekends-away as a group.
It’s also a way to meet new people and help others come out; showing them that they don’t need to conform to what society says they are. Gus Kenworthy, the world champion skier and Olympic medalist who came out last month, is dating someone.This draughtsman and motorcycle repairman says he’s struggled with many issues in his life and he hopes that The Unapologetic will help others who are into motorbiking find a family, motivation and a support structure.The Unapologetic sounds like it’s going to shake things up… To show that we’re still ‘normal’ people, even though we’re gay.The main point is to reach out to the community and help people who struggle and to show we care. I almost lost my life in November and it was something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.