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Being celebrated in the country’s capital for its 46th year, London Pride is expected to attract thousands of people, all coming together to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. With a whole host of events, including the parade, celebrity performances and parties, the whole spectacle is set to be a celebration of diversity. Along with London, other countries across the world celebrate Pride in different ways.
With a huge majority voting to legalise same-sex marriage in 2015, and making history with Ireland’s first openly gay Prime Minister, Dublin Pride offers a weeklong celebration ending with a parade on the last Saturday in June. This celebration marks the second largest public event in Ireland next to St. Patrick’s Day.
In the capital, Mbabane, hundreds of people marched in this historic festival as Eswatini held its first Pride parade. Despite the illegality of same-sex relationships in the country and the existing laws prohibiting sodomy, the Rock of Hope, a non-profit, local organisation organised the parade to empower the LGBTQ+ community and marks a significant milestone in the country’s queer history.
Hundreds of people gathered in Istanbul to rally against the Turkish government’s ban, prohibiting involvement in the Pride parade, with police intervening during the march. Although previous parades have been allowed, for example the 2014 march whereby an estimated 90,000 people marched, this year’s rally marks the fourth consecutive year that the LGBTQ+ community in Turkey has had their parade banned. Furthermore, although homosexuality has been legalised since 1923, Turkey is recognised for having some of the highest records of human rights violations against LGBTQ+ individuals in Europe (further information on this can be found on the following link-https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40395472)
McMurdo station is a US research centre on Ross Island, Antarctica. With around 140 people currently stationed at McMurdo, on June 9th some of its residents hosted a Pride party, which is being considered to be the first Pride event for the continent.
With Taipei’s Pride celebrations taking place in October, Taiwan presents itself to be one of the most progressive Asian countries regarding LGBTQ+ rights. From the country’s legalisation of same sex marriage in 2017 (the first country in Asia to do so), this year’s four day event is expected to attract more than 80,000 people from across the world, offering a colourful celebration that is set to be second biggest Pride celebration in Asia, followed by Tel Aviv Pride in Israel.
Pride was celebrated for the first time in Vice President Mike Pence’s hometown of Indiana this year. Having previously signed a 2015 law as governor, Mike Pence created a legal defence for businesses that refused to serve the LGBTQ+ community. However with the law now revoked, this city’s LGBTQ+ community gathered to watch performances from drag queens and local bands, as an estimated 2000-3000 people celebrated.
The above examples give a brief insight into different Pride celebrations across the world. Regardless of whether Pride takes the form of a parade or a protest, it is clear that the international LGBTQ+ community will continue to demonstrate that Pride does, and will always matter.
Royce Clemente is the Global Immigration Coordinator in our Immigration department. He is a member of the LGBTQ & Allies Network and the Diversity and Inclusion committee.
Kingsley Napley are publishing a series of blogs to celebrate Pride and to raise awareness about the issues facing LGBTQ people in our communities. You can view our other blogs here.
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