This year’s Budapest Pride Festival will start off on July 3rd, 2015 with the official opening ceremony. The motto of the festival is “Budapest Pride: Empowered by 20 years!” The most visible event of the festival, the Budapest Pride March will be held on July 11th, 2015, where we expect a record number of participants.
With this year’s motto we would like to bring attention to the fact that there is enormous power in groups oppressed by society, such as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. This power does not come from irreplaceable heroes, nor does it come from storm-like, quickly passing protests, but from the continuous (self) organization of the community and its stable, active presence. Active presence and visibility, even in the face of a changeable and difficult social-political context. Even when similarly to the paraphrase from the poem of Attila József, the sense of exclusion, feeling like one does not have a home, or feeling that one belongs outside of the system due to institutional homophobia and transphobia are still part of the LGBTQ community’s everyday reality.
As the organizers of Budapest Pride we are proud of our traditions: we have marched each and every year, regardless of the threats, and we are now organizing this festival for the 20th time. We welcome everyone who has ever participated before, and we hope that many newcomers will join our programs and march with us!
As LGBTQ people we are angry. And this anger motivates us to raise our voices in every situation, where people are humiliated, face prejudice or discrimination because of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation, or any other minority identity.
We call our allies to reject different forms of social and legal injustice and to stand up for a society, where diversity, freedom and acceptance are values.
The jubilee 20th Budapest Pride Festival will be held from July 3rd to July 12th, 2015. During the 10-day long event the audience can see concerts, workshops, performances, exhibitions, literary evenings, community games, parties, with the active participation of people from Budapest and outside of the capital, organizations and allies.
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