Pride walkers revel across Europe


ROME – Police in riot gear blocked streets on Saturday to thwart gay pride protesters in Istanbul, as thousands cheerfully flocked to Paris and elsewhere in Europe after the pandemic deprivations – although setbacks against LGBTQ rights have tempered some of the celebratory air.

Authorities have banned Istanbul Pride events since 2015, citing public safety and more recently restrictions related to the covid-19 pandemic. The Cumhuriyet newspaper reported that at least 25 people were arrested.

The pandemic concerns the forced cancellations of Pride events in Lisbon and the postponement of the generally busy London event.

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In Berlin, protesters took three routes to the center of Alexanderplatz in a format intended to avoid larger gatherings during the pandemic and to reflect the diversity of the LGBTQ community.

In Italy, thousands of pride celebrants have gathered in Rome and some smaller towns.

With a bill to tackle hate crimes against LGBTQ people stranded in the Italian Senate for months, the Vatican and right-wing political leaders have been pushing to remove some of the provisions, fearing the legislation would restrict freedom of movement. expression.

After it became public that the Vatican earlier this month raised objections with the Italian Embassy to the Holy See over certain aspects of the bill, the Holy See attempted to defuse the anger by insisting that he did not want to block the passage. But its number 2 official, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, expressed concern that the legislation could leave open to prosecution those expressing opinions on “any possible distinction between man and woman”.

The supporters of the law retort that the threshold for prosecution is incitement to hatred or violence against the protected classes. If approved, the Italian law would also tackle discrimination and hate crimes against women and people with disabilities.

A new Hungarian law prohibits the sharing of content about homosexuality or gender reassignment with people under the age of 18 as part of school sex education programs, films or advertisements. The country’s government says the law is meant to protect children and insists it does not target gay people. The critic says that the law links homosexuality to pedophilia.

Camille Fois, 25, traveled to Paris from the alpine town of Annency to participate in his first pride march. Speaking about Hungarian law, she expressed concerns shared by many human rights defenders in the EU.

“It can happen to us very quickly. It’s not that far,” she said.

The general mood among tens of thousands of attendees at the Paris event was celebratory after nearly a year and a half of restrictions triggered by a pandemic on gatherings and socializing.

Singing “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry, people danced on one of the subway trains that took them to the rally point. With half of French adults having now received at least one vaccine injection, many no longer felt the need for masks and partied with abandon.

“It was hard to be locked up,” said Georges Grégoire, 33, who was there with his partner from Lille. “I wanted to have fun.” Grégoire, a nursing student, moved to France from Haiti, where, he said, he was so miserable and ostracized as a gay man that he considered committing suicide.

Salv, who declined to give his full name because he does not want it to be widely known that he is HIV positive, marched with a sign reading: “40 years waiting for a vaccine”. He said he was optimistic that research into coronavirus vaccines will increase the prospects for an HIV vaccine.

Many participants in Paris expressed concern over declining rights in Hungary and Poland, two EU countries ruled by right-wing governments.

Last year, the Polish president said that the term LGBTQ does not refer to people but to an ideology more dangerous than communism, a reference to that nation’s decades in the Soviet bloc.

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In North Macedonia, hundreds of people marched through the capital, Skopje, as the Balkan country hosted its second pride parade. The crowd carried a large rainbow banner, blew whistles, applauded and danced to music from a vehicle equipped with speakers.

The parade took place under the motto “Hors des murs!

Last year, North Macedonia’s parliament passed an anti-discrimination law, seen as the cornerstone of a decade-long civil society struggle to ensure the protection of the country’s most vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Information for this article was provided by Andrew Wilk and Geir Moulson of The Associated Press.

A mural showing a Swiss Guard hugging a colleague, by street artist Laika, is seen on the day of the annual Pride March, in Rome, Saturday, June 26, 2021. This year’s march comes amid a backdrop of concern widespread in Europe regarding Hungarian legislation that will ban showing content on LGBT issues to children and a controversial communication from the Vatican to Italy, criticizing a law that would extend additional protections against discrimination to the LGBT community. (AP Photo / Gregorio Borgia)

Participants wear dog masks during the annual Gay Pride march in Paris on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This year's march in Paris comes amid widespread fury and concern in Europe over the current legislation. Hungary, a member country of the EU, which will ban the broadcasting of content on LGBT issues to children.  (AP Photo / Lewis Joly)

Participants wear dog masks during the annual Gay Pride march in Paris on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This year’s march in Paris comes amid widespread fury and concern in Europe over the current legislation. Hungary, a member country of the EU, which will ban the distribution of content on LGBT issues to children. (AP Photo / Lewis Joly)

People take part in the annual Pride March, in Rome, on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This year's march comes amid widespread concern in Europe over legislation in Hungary that will prohibit showing children content on the issues. LGBT and a controversial communication from the Vatican to Italy, criticizing a law that would extend additional protections against discrimination to the LGBT community.  (AP Photo / Gregorio Borgia)

People take part in the annual Pride March, in Rome, on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This year’s march comes amid widespread concern in Europe over legislation in Hungary that will prohibit showing children content on the issues. LGBT and a controversial communication from the Vatican to Italy, criticizing a law that would extend additional protections against discrimination to the LGBT community. (AP Photo / Gregorio Borgia)

Participants dance at the annual Gay Pride March in Paris on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This year's march in Paris comes amid widespread fury and concern in Europe over Hungary's legislation, EU member country, which will ban the broadcasting of content on LGBT issues to children.  (AP Photo / Lewis Joly)

Participants dance at the annual Gay Pride March in Paris on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This year’s march in Paris comes amid widespread fury and concern in Europe over Hungary’s legislation, EU member country, which will ban the broadcasting of content on LGBT issues to children. (AP Photo / Lewis Joly)

Participants use bubble guns during the annual Gay Pride march in Paris on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This year's march in Paris comes amid widespread fury and concern in Europe over the current legislation. Hungary, a member country of the EU, which will ban the distribution of content on LGBT issues to children.  (AP Photo / Lewis Joly)

Participants use bubble guns during the annual Gay Pride march in Paris on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This year’s march in Paris comes amid widespread fury and concern in Europe over the current legislation. Hungary, a member country of the EU, which will ban the distribution of content on LGBT issues to children. (AP Photo / Lewis Joly)

Participants dance at the annual Gay Pride march in Paris on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This year's march in Paris comes amid widespread fury and concern in Europe over the legislation of the Hungary, a member country of the EU, which will ban the distribution of content on LGBT issues to children.  (AP Photo / Lewis Joly)

Participants dance at the annual Gay Pride march in Paris on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This year’s march in Paris comes amid widespread fury and concern in Europe over the legislation of the Hungary, a member country of the EU, which will ban the distribution of content on LGBT issues to children. (AP Photo / Lewis Joly)

Crowds are seen at the annual Gay Pride march in Paris on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This year's march in Paris comes amid widespread fury and concern in Europe over the legislation of Hungary, an EU member country, which will ban showing content on LGBT issues to children.  (AP Photo / Lewis Joly)

Crowds are seen at the annual Gay Pride march in Paris on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This year’s march in Paris comes amid widespread fury and concern in Europe over the legislation of Hungary, an EU member country, which will ban showing content on LGBT issues to children. (AP Photo / Lewis Joly)

Police arrest activists who attempted to hold a pride event in central Istanbul on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd and arrested dozens of LGTBI activists as hundreds defied a ban and attempted to organize a gay pride event.  (AP Photo / Emrah Gurel)

Police arrest activists who attempted to hold a pride event in central Istanbul on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd and arrested dozens of people. LGTBI activists as hundreds defied a ban and attempted to organize a gay pride event. (AP Photo / Emrah Gurel)

A general view of the annual Gay Pride march in Paris on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This year's march in Paris comes amid widespread fury and concern in Europe over the legislation of Hungary as a country member of the EU, which will ban the distribution of content on LGBT issues to children.  (AP Photo / Lewis Joly)

A general view of the annual Gay Pride march in Paris on Saturday, June 26, 2021. This year’s march in Paris comes amid widespread fury and concern in Europe over Hungary’s legislation , an EU member country, which will ban the distribution of content on LGBT issues to children. (AP Photo / Lewis Joly)


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