Even With Coronavirus Ban, LGBT Pride March Takes Thousands To Paris Streets

Between 2,000 and 3,000 protesters took part in a “political” Gay Pride march this Saturday (4) in Paris, a week after the scheduled date for the official celebration. The original manifestation was canceled due to the coronavirus.

The official demonstration was moved to November because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but a group ignored the restrictions and took to the streets of the French capital

A young, multicultural crowd left Pigalle Square, in the Montmartre neighborhood, behind a truck and displaying a banner with the slogan “Our pride is political.” Among rainbow flags, colored hair, and drag queen clothes, other slogans were “transphobia kills,” “for a lesbian president,” or “my body, my gender, shut your mouth.”

Without floats or music, Saturday’s meeting was more political than festive. The official Gay Pride march was scheduled for June 27 in France but was postponed until November 7 due to the ban on people’s concentrations to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

Only Taiwan, little affected by the coronavirus, maintained the schedule of protests. Still, several French LGBT associations scheduled an impromptu protest for this weekend. 

Threat of setbacks

“It is important to celebrate pride in the same way,” said participant Emma Vallée-Guillard. “Pride was originally a revolt,” recalls the 22-year-old, referring to the Stonewall riots in New York, in 1969, triggered by a police raid on a bar frequented by gays that resulted in the first march for the cause.

“The danger of setbacks to our fundamental rights is very much present, and the epidemic has served to reveal multiple factors of exclusion, discrimination, and violence,” said Giovanna Rincon, director of the Acceptess-T association, which defends transgender people.

The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Gay Pride, but due to the context of the pandemic, hundreds of marches around the world have been canceled or postponed.

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