(BlogMensGo, 02 October 2011) We are now back from Manchester Pride and Sitges Bear week! Far from rested…..This Pride being the 6th in Manchester I have attended. Having come out in London and in the past regularly going back for visits, I have never been able to comprehend how Manchester can turn pride into such a massive event spanning a week with a penultimate weekend of well known artists, entertainment, socialising and most importantly fund raising, an event that leaves London not even attempting to try and keep up.
(BlogMensGo, 25 August 2011) Tomorrow, BlogMensGo are flying into Manchester, UK for Manchester Pride’s 21st Birthday event! For me, this is my 6th Manchester Pride and my 5th within the parade, although this time not as a marcher, but as a reporter for MensGo. I will be there with my MensGo attire snapping lots of pics for you all to see! On Sunday I will be interviewing Jackie Crozier the organizer of Manchester Pride, which may well be an interesting interview as she has recently announced she is stepping down as organizer to move onto other projects.
We land at 530pm, and have a mad rush to get to the Press event being held in the gay village! Then its out to hit the streets in the action packed weekend which spans Friday to Monday (Monday being a bank holiday in the UK) finishing off on Monday night with a Candlelit vigil in Sackville Gardens followed by fireworks. Then we fly back on Tuesday
After a couple of days of settling back into life at home in Switzerland, we are off again on our travels for the Sitges Bear week…so will follow the pics of burly/rugby built/hairy men!
Whether you are in Lausanne partying at 43&10, in Manchester for Pride….or elsewhere in the world! I hope you have a fantastic weekend and able to make the most of the sun before we lose it to winter!
(Blogmensgo, July 7, 2011) Geneva Pride, aptly titled ‘Pride 2011’ drew in nearly
10,000 people on July 2, 2011. The police state a different figure of 1000, but having been there myself, I can vouch that it was closer to the 10,000 mark! The parade started at Quai Wilson, went over the Mont Blanc bridge and travelled through the city centre finishing in the beautiful ‘Des Bastions’ a former Botanical gardens which is now a large park.
For the afternoon, the park hosted a number of stands including: Magic Radio, H20 Swimming club, VoGay, LesTime and the Pink Cross amongst many others…a stage was set up in the park which provided entertainment and dancing. The party went on in the park until about 11pm and then followed on with a party in the Stade de Genéve until 5am!
Marjorie Blanchet, one of the organisers of pride, stated that it’s main theme would be ‘less visual and more political, it will look for vindication’ of the gay rights movement. The slogan of the 2011 parade was ‘We have equal duties, We want equal rights’. (Information obtained from Geneva Living.
Pride marchers demanded enactment of a law against homophobia in Switzerland, a country where there are very few openly gay workers in finance, banking and public sectors. The banner in French says ‘The problem is homophobia, not homosexuality’.
Equal rights was at the heart of the procession without any commercial gains. The same equal rights demanded for homosexual as heterosexual couples, at the moment the PACS (Civil partnership) has certain exceptions such as no rights to adopt children, no right to take on the partners surname and no rights to IVF.
The third request was to maintain human dignity, to bring an end to the practice of forcing transgendered people to be sterilized before being officially recognised by their status. For a country that sets the standards for human rights around the world, the marchers were not asking for much it seems!
The last pride in Geneva was in 2008. There does not seem to be any information out there yet for Pride 2012 but Jura have announced theirs for June 30th, 2012, being a relatively small place, I am sure they will need our support and there is plenty of time for you to plan ahead and maybe integrate it into your next years holidays!
Matt / MensGo