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Swiss Gay Pride 2018 in Lugano in the Italian part of Switzerland
(Blogmensgo, gay blog of May 30, 2018) The Gay Pride (CSD) of the Italian part of Switzerland takes place this year from 28 May to 3 June under the title LGBT Pride Svizzera Italiana 2018 in Lugano in Ticino, after it was held in Bern in 2017 and in Fribourg in 2016. The main event, the parade on 2 June, is also supported by the city and canton administration.
The multilingual and multinational parade takes place directly on the lakeside promenade of Lake Lugano. The organizers Imbarco Immediato, Network and Zonaprotetta are expecting between 6000 and 10,000 people for this first Gay Pride in the largest city of Ticino, including many visitors from nearby Italy.
Even though society is much more tolerant of LGBT issues today, there is still no gay marriage in Switzerland but only a registered partnership. In addition, homo- and transphobia are still very much present in Switzerland. Therefore, the organizers of the parade are continuing to fight for a world that is more open and respectful for LGBT people.
Very important for this is education of course, which stands behind many festive and cultural events of the Pride week. Therefore, artistic program items such as theater, readings, cinema and music events are also planned.
For the 25th anniversary of Pink Cross, Pride di Lugano is also organizing a reception on June 1st and a speech after the parade.
The central event is the parade from 3 pm on June 2, 2018, which will take place between Piazza Luini and Campo Marzio. Afterwards, various speeches, a concert, a drag show and a party will take place in the Pacha Ibiza nightclub.
We wish the organizers and all participants great success, a lot of fun and good luck for the events!
Good mood despite the rainy weather
Update of June 4, 2018. On June 2, 2018, about 7,000 people participated in the Gay Pride Parade in Lugano. Despite the bad weather, many Italians and visitors came from the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland. Also, the mayor banned a homophobic counter-demonstration organized by fundamentalist Catholics.
How was the parade in Lugano? Here is a video by Jürg Murmel (uncommented original sound):
Ignazio Cassis, Federal Councillor and Foreign Minister, reminded the visitors that although Ticino was a “rather conservative and Catholic” region, this did not prevent the city of Lugano from actively participating in this first Gay Pride.
Ignazio Cassis also made a diplomatic anecdote: Switzerland had informed the authorities in Belarus that it had made the opening of a Swiss embassy in Minsk subject to various conditions, including the acceptance of “homosexual persons”. On the occasion of World Day Against Homophobia on May 17, 2018, the British Embassy had raised a rainbow flag in the Belarusian capital, provoking the fury of Belarus's very homophobic authorities.