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Amsterdam Pride Walk: Marching for Those Who Cannot Join Us

by our Editors in Events & Agenda , 21 juli 2018

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On Saturday, July 28th, the Pride Walk will again depart from the Homomonument. The Pride Walk draws attention to the situation of GLBTI people in other countries, specifically in those countries in which homosexuality is still in the Penal Code. Furthermore, the Pride Walk is a showcase of the GLBTI community in the Netherlands.


In addition to dozens of organizations from all over the country, thousands of individual GLBTIs are also involved. The Pride Walk makes our community visible, as well as the freedoms and rights it still desires. Join the Pride Walk!

The Pride Walk’s motto is “Marching for those who cannot join us”. This year’s Amsterdam Pride theme is “Heroes of our community.” In the international part of the Pride Walk these two themes are brought together by asking attention for individual GLBTIs in the seventy-three countries in which homosexuality is still punishable by law. Next to every flag of a country where you can go to prison for homosexuality, someone is carrying a photo of a human rights activist from that country. They are wearing a black t-shirt with the logo 76crimes.com, the website that closely follows developments in those countries and reports them to the world.


Equal Rights Coalition

The Equal Rights Coallition is an initiative that was spearheaded by Dutch human rights ambassador Kees van Baar. At the moment, thirty-four countries are working at UN level to change the legislation in these seventy-three countries, in which homosexuality is in the Penal Code. Representatives of the ERC embassies in the Netherlands will join the Pride Walk. This year, Canada and Chile are co-chairing the ERC, and Canada’s ambassador will give a short speech.


However, the Pride walk is mainly a presentation of visibility of the Dutch GLBTI community. Dozens of organizations will also participate in the Pride Walk to reinforce their demands and wishes with banners, accompanied by thousands of individual GLBTIs. The organizers hope that you will also join! They would like you to bring along a photo of your “hero,” someone you appreciate or value and who is important to you. Not everyone is a Harvey Milk or Nelson Mandela, but everyone can be a hero to someone. Show the world who you are proud of! Do you have a theme that you want to bring to our attention? Write it down on a large banner and carry it with you!

This year again, Aneudy Cabral choreographs the dance group that will walk the route to the Vondelpark while swinging.


Youth

Again this year, a large group of young people aged fourteen to twenty-one will join the Pride Walk. Their participation is coordinated - in cooperation with thirteen different youth organizations - by the Youth Pride committee of Pride Amsterdam. Youth will gather at the Westerkerk and join the Pride Walk as a group. If you want to join this group and are between fourteen and twenty-one years of age, then make sure you are at the Westerkerk at 11 a.m.

For the funding of the Pride Walk, the organizers seek out the community. The Pride Walk is not sponsored (which is something they don’t want) and gets a small contribution from the municipality and from Pride Amsterdam. On the crowdfunding space on the website www.pridewalk.amsterdam you can sponsor an element of the Pride Walk, for example the t-shirts for the flag bearers or the sound installation on the Homomonument. With a small contribution (from 7.50 euros onwards) the Pride Walk will become “your” Pride Walk even more.

Let the organization know you are coming! Go to the Facebook event page “Pride Walk Amsterdam 2018” and press on “going” (ik ga). If you want to participate as a group or organization, please send an an e-mail to hansverhoeven@pride.amsterdam.

See you on Saturday, July 28th at the Homomonument. The manifestation starts at 11 a.m., and at noon the participants will start walking towards the Vondelpark, where Pride Park starts at 2.30 p.m. Hope to see you there!


     Amsterdam Pride 2018, July 28 till August 5
see also www.pride.amsterdam or our pride pages at pride.gayamsterdam.com



 







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