Pride during a pandemic: why the visibility and connection are always important

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But this year, the pandemic coronavirus retains many of the celebrants around the world.

Since the first steps the official, which took place in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco in June 1970, Pride has become a global movement. Last year, at least 150 festivals and official events of pride took place in the world.

2019 saw the biggest celebration of the proud history. According to Chris Frederick, the former executive director of NYC Pride, about five million people visited New York to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the police raid on the Stonewall Inn in New York, that sparked the beginning of the gay rights movement in the United States. With more than 150 000 participants from six continents marching in the parade, it took over 12 hours to complete the trail, ” says Frederick.

“This was an experience that was so overwhelming,” he said. “See the world come together for this singular moment has been impressive and has changed the lives. “

Like many pride celebrations have become virtual this year as a result of the guidelines of Covid-19 on the social distancing, the organizers and the activists say that the main mission remains the same: to provide visibility and unit in safe spaces and inclusive.”Whatever it is, it must connect,” says Frederick. “Whether virtually or in person, it is all that is proud Pride. “

Miss Peppermint, artist and activist for the rights of transgender people in New York, agrees. “It is essential to find and search for the community in all ways possible,” she said. “It saves lives. ”

On Saturday, more than 300 million television viewers are expected to connect to a celebration of the pride live of the global chain in continuous, according to the organizers of the event. It will present musical performances and art, as well as of the discourse of activists and world leaders, including the applicant alleged american democrat to the presidency, Joe Biden and canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau.

The organizers claim that it is the largest of the many events Pride parade which takes place online this year.

To fight for equality

Rights activists in the LGBTQ say that the pride is so important because the pressure of the community for equality is far from over. Be part of the community LGBTQ is still socially stigmatized in many parts of the world. According to ILGA, an international group defending the rights of LGBTQ, homosexuality remains illegal in more than 70 countries.

In Hungary, a new law has forbidden persons to legally change their sex. The lives of transgender people, particularly in rural areas, are in constant danger, ” says Jojó Majercsik, a member of the board of directors and spokesperson of Budapest Pride. “I am very privileged to live here in Budapest,” she said. “I live with my girlfriend in the city centre, but this is not the same thing for people who live outside of Budapest, in particular for a transgender person. It is very difficult. “

Jojó Majercsik, a member of the board of directors and spokesperson of Budapest Pride

The danger persists even in countries where gay marriage has been legalized. According to the project Trans Murder Monitoring, Brazil has recorded 130 murders of trans people and sex different between October 2018 and September 2019. “It is not easy to live as LGBTQ in Brazil “, explains Julio Moreira, coordinator of the pride parade in Rio De Janeiro. The members of the community are yet more victims of discrimination if they are black or poor, ” he said.

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This is why it is imperative to continue to celebrate the pride, even during a pandemic.

“Each time the community LGBTQ is facing a challenge or adversity, this is where we have the chance to shine and create something new,” explains Bodhi Calagna, DJ and artist, 43-year-old who grew up in Dubai and now lives in Denver. , Colorado. Calagna, who prefers the pronoun “they” said that it would have been their first pride as a non-binary openly trans, but they do not see this as a lost opportunity. In fact, “the pride shines even more,” says Calagna.

Carlos Castaño Rodriguez, a member of the Spanish Federation of LGBT, explains that the pride gives to the members of the community who have a platform opportunity to reach those who are facing challenges or are less visible. In this way, “those who have not this privilege may feel less alone,” he says.

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