Unicorns, glitter, rhinestones and big sound: despite a very gray Parisian sky, the LGBT + Pride march regained color on Saturday June 25, 2022, after two years tarnished by the Covid-19. Shortly after 2.30 p.m., a compact crowd rushed from the Porte Dorée towards the Place de la République, under a light rain and in a festive atmosphere as has generally been the case since the 1970s. The sky was gray, but the colors were on the street. | AFP / ALAIN JOCARD Umbrellas and rainbow capes dotted the procession, between the various floats of LGBT associations or communities of companies such as Air France or the SNCF. Reinforced security The authorities, who anticipated a mobilization of 25 to 35,000 people in the capital, decided to reinforce security the day after the fatal shooting in Oslo near a gay club. But there was no concern among the participants. Several of them displayed free hug signs, called to imagine life gayly or even proclaimed: we are not monsters. Around the procession, sellers of hats, flags, whistles and other rainbow-colored goodies supplied the troops. Several participants offered “free hugs”, free hugs. | AFP / ALAIN JOCARD Solidarity with Ukraine The slogan chosen this year by the collective association Inter-LGBT, which is organizing this march, is: Our bodies, our rights, your faces!. An assumed virulent formula which aims in particular to protest against the trivialization of LGBTQIphobic and especially transphobic speech, too often ignored by the public authorities, according to them. The march is also in solidarity with Ukraine. As a symbol, it was Anna, a lesbian activist from this country at war, who was the first to speak in the head square. Thousands of people gathered at Place de la Bastille for the LGBT+ Pride march on Saturday June 25, 2022. | AFP / ALAIN JOCARD There are two situations that really changed my life: a very bad coming out twelve years ago and then the war, she testified in French, rejoicing to be in front of free people and courageous and calling for support. Moment of claim Other speeches followed to denounce homophobia, but also to worry about the rise of the far right, to highlight the fate of LGBT migrants or to be moved by Friday’s decision to the US Supreme Court to revoke the right to abortion. An activist also insisted that the march is a great moment of protest and not a big colorful party with good music. Several thousand people took part in the LGBT + Pride march this Saturday, June 25, 2022, in Paris. | AFP / ALAIN JOCARD But in the crowd, the atmosphere was joyful. Coming from Dawn with his wife, Sandrine Martineau, 51, feathered headdress, said she was proud and blown away by the crowds. Many young people were present, like Sandra Vail, 19, proud to represent the LGBT community and show that love has no sex. The organizers wanted to protest against the “trivialization” of “LGBTQIphobic and especially transphobic speech”, too often ignored by the public authorities according to them. | AFP / ALAIN JOCARD Not far from there, Eloise, 15, who came from Etampes with friends for her first march, heard that we are there, that we exist and were delighted to spend a moment with other LGBT because in college, there are not many people…. Sequins of rhinestones stuck on the forehead, Jennifer Than, 22, for whom it was also a first, insisted on the fact that we must accept everyone and that’s it!. Alternative marches In the afternoon, the organizers had planned three minutes of silence in tribute to the victims of AIDS. A concert was also on the menu at the end of the day with a hundred artists including Bilal Hassani, former candidate of France for Eurovision. In addition to this usual demonstration, alternative marches have appeared in recent years, displaying other slogans and demands, often more protesting. On June 4, a thousand people marched in Saint-Denis for the second pride of the suburbs. And on June 19 there were, according to the associations, some 50,000 in Paris at the radical anti-capitalist and anti-racist Pride. IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES. A protesting and colorful LGBT + Pride marchEXPAND
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