We start at 15:00 at the Vrijthof, where we’ll talk about the importance of Pride as we gather for our march. We will march our parade through the centre and Wyck, towards the Griend park, where we will have time for a picnic and music! In the evening, we will have an after party in ’t Keldertje. Check www.pridemaastricht.nl for all the info!
Every June, we celebrate LGBTQ+ identity through Pride Month. While COVID-19 might have led to the cancellation of major pride events, it has not paused the struggle which LGBTQ+ individuals face on a daily basis. If anything, evidence shows how detrimental the pandemic has been to the movement globally.
The theme this year is Queer Liberation, to show the world that we deserve freedom, wherever we are!
With Hungary voting to strip transgender people of their right to legally change gender, with South Korea’s LGBTQ+ community facing backlash due to unfairly being accused of spreading the COVID-19 virus, Russia’s set of constitutional amendments, one of which would add language defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman to Russia’s basic law and many more examples. Even in the Netherlands, recent events, such as the harassment of a non-binary child in Amstelveen, have shown that LGBTQ+ acceptance is the exception, not the rule, and should not be taken for granted. Even in the Netherlands, there are still no less than 15 gay conversion therapists active, causing traumas and feelings of unacceptence with queer children.
The roots of Pride lay in protest, originating with the Stonewall Riots, 53 years ago. Though we aim to celebrate LGBTQ+ identity, during corona times it is difficult to express that with a Pride. However, we still need to fight for LGBTQI+ acceptance in the Netherlands and worldwide. We therefore invite you to join our protest, because now may not be the time to party, but we still need to stand up for our rights!
Join us on the 25th of June, 15:00, at the Vrijthof. We will then march through the centre and Wyck towards the Griend!
-There will be a crowd management team, closely monitoring the protest. Please follow their instructions. Not following their directions could be detrimental to the cause of the protest.
-This protest will be organised by experienced local activists, in compliance with regulations set by the municipality.
Also find the event for the official Gehaktbal Pride Afterparty Saturday evening at Landbouwbelang!