WARSAW -The largest pride parade in central and Eastern Europe brought tens of thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw on Saturday, at a time when the gay rights movement in Poland is under siege by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. Diplomats from Canada, the United States and other Western nations continued a tradition of joining the Equality Parade to show their support for what is considered a basic human right in many places. Warsaw's mayor, Rafal Trzaskowski, joined the parade for the first time. "Not everyone has to go to the Equality Parade, but everyone should respect minority rights," he told the crowd from a parade float. "It's really important for me that Warsaw be open, that Warsaw be tolerant." While many Poles in Warsaw and other cities have grown increasingly supportive of the rights of lesbians, gay men and bisexual and transgender people, a backlash is underway. In recent months, officials from the right-wing governing party, Law and Justice, have portrayed the rights movement, particularly calls for sex education stressing tolerance, as a threat to families and children.
source:The New York Times
The largest gay pride parade in Eastern Europe is bringing thousands of people to the streets of Warsaw. Saturday's parade comes at a time when the LGBT rights movement in Poland is targeted by hate speech and a government campaign depicting it as a threat to families and society. US and other western diplomats were expected to continue a recent tradition of joining the festive Equality Parade to show their support for what is considered a basic human right in many places. In a historic first, Warsaw's own mayor will also join it. While many Poles in Warsaw and other cities have increasingly grown supportive of gay rights, a backlash is also underway. In recent months, officials from the right-wing ruling party have been portraying the LGBT rights movement, particularly calls for sex education stressing tolerance, as a threat to families and children. Poland will have a record number of 20 pride parades this year. In some cases, even centrist and left-wing mayors have tried to ban them, usually citing security concerns. Ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski recently called the LGBT rights movement a foreign import that threatens the nation's identity. In conservative areas, town councils have been declaring their municipalities "LGBT free."
source:New York Post
Celebration, diversity, activism, a demonstration - whatever it means to you, Pride in London is back and set to be our biggest yet. Lesbian, trans, genderqueer or otherwise; wherever you identify, Pride in London is about the people, for the people. This year we're celebrating 50 years since the birth of the modern LGBT+ rights movement. Over a million people joined us for pride in London 2018, marching, dancing and laughing to campaign for the freedoms that will allow them to live their lives on a genuinely equal footing. 2018's parade was monumental, but 2019's is going to be even bigger. Get ready to join our most diverse Pride in London parade yet.Pride in London route
The parade sets off from Portland Place at 12pm (midday), moving down Oxford Circus, along Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus, Lower Regent Street, Pall Mall and then passing Trafalgar Square before finishing on Whitehall. We recommend that spectators avoid busy locations such as Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus and the parade will fill the whole afternoon until around 5:30pm. Along the Parade route keep an eye out for the podiums - where you'll be welcomed by our fun and friendly parade hosts. They'll be there to let you know who is who and what is what during the Parade, making sure you don't miss a thing. Be sure to give them a wave!
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