“Stay safe, stay proud”: Vienna Pride returns – Wien Aktuell


The parade will take place on June 20th as a pedestrian and bicycle demonstration.
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Vienna Pride will take place this year in the shadow of the corona pandemic between June 7 and 20 in Vienna. The LGBTIQ community promotes visibility, respect and equal rights.

After a one-year break, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community is celebrating Vienna Pride again this year. The motto “Stay safe, stay proud” is used to promote acceptance and the strengthening of the rights of LGBTIQ people. The highlight of the two-week series of events from June 7th to 20th is the 25th Rainbow Parade, which will take place on the Wiener Ring as a pure pedestrian and bicycle demonstration due to the corona.

Vienna Pride in the shadow of the corona pandemic

In addition to a few on-site events, this year, even in the shadow of the corona pandemic, the organizers are relying on numerous digital offers: “The program includes online tours in museums, such as the Albertina, there are online workshops and DJ live streams Clubs and the Pride Run will take place virtually, “said Katharina Kacerovsky-Strobl, the organizer of Vienna Pride 2021, at the presentation of this year’s program. This year, after a one-year break, it is important to set a particularly strong signal for human rights, acceptance and respect: “Young people in particular have suffered. There were hardly any counseling hours for them, they couldn’t go to groups with like-minded people, safe spaces where they could otherwise they were closed. You should now see that you are not alone. “

The City of Vienna also wants to put a special focus on this age group this year and is planning to set up a queer youth center. In addition, young people and children in educational institutions should be better informed. “Equality and acceptance start very early, in kindergarten and school,” said Vice Mayor Christoph Wiederkehr. “It doesn’t matter who you love – that has to be shown in pedagogy too”.

Homosexuals are further excluded from donating blood

Ann-Sophie Otte, chairwoman of the Homosexual Initiative (HOSI) Vienna, recalled that even 50 years after the decriminalization of homosexuality in Austria there were still numerous reasons to take to the streets. “There are still enough political demands. We need comprehensive protection against discrimination and a change in the Equal Treatment Act, in which sexual orientation and ethnicity are protected.” It is also not up-to-date that homosexual and bisexual men are still excluded from donating blood today: “These are outdated thought patterns that are anchored in many minds and should change quickly,” said Otte. “And we want to draw attention to this again this year with the events as part of Vienna Pride”.

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