Pride Parade festival holds mirror up to politicians

Ljubljana – The 2022 Pride Parade festival, which starts on Friday, will hold a mirror up to politicians and hold the new coalition and government to their election promises, said Simona Muršec, head of the Pride Parade Association. Bringing many events, the week-long festival will wrap up with Ljubljana Pride next Saturday.

Muršec noted at a recent press conference that the legal rights and status of LGBT+ people were still not regulated in many areas, but the social climate had changed in the last two years.

The Pride Parade Association has been active in trying to mobilise LGBT+ people, young people in particular, and the wider community, including the community’s allies and all those fighting for human rights, to strive to make a difference.

The Rainbow Voice initiative was also launched ahead of the April general election to inform voters about how different parties approach issues important to the LGBT+ community. The association expects the new government to deliver on the promises made in the run-up to the election, but above all they want the rhetoric to be such that it creates “a different climate in society”.

One of the festival’s highlights will be tomorrow’s Koroška Pride, the third pride parade to be held in Slovenj Gradec in the northern Koroška region.

The festival’s programme also features roundtable debates, workshops, performances, an exhibition of young queer artists and other events aimed at raising awareness about the LGBT+ community. One of the debates will be dedicated to efforts to support LGBT+ refugees from Ukraine.

Another highlight will be next Friday’s spoken word performance by British poet Joelle Taylor, the latest recipient of the prestigious T.S. Eliot prize.