Prague Pride to focus on families

The eighth year of the LGBT festival promotes acceptance at home

Family will be the main topic of the eighth edition of the Prague Pride festival, which takes place Aug. 6–12. The main event, the Pride Parade, will be Aug. 11.

The festival begins Aug. 6 with an opening concert in the Pride Village on Střelecký ostrov. The performers are the Mucha band, MTV The Real World star Davis Mallory from the US, and the highlight of the evening will be Czech pop singer Petr Kotvald.

The Pride Parade because of renovation work in the lower part of Wenceslas Square will go from the statue of St Wenceslas along Opletalova street to Hybernska street and from there back to the traditional route from náměstí Republiky to Revoluční to Dvořákovo nábřeží and across Čechův most to the Letná steps.

The parade is followed by a party in Letná park with music and various stands for food and beverages as well as information from civic and other groups.

The festival focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender themes. The festival’s campaign this time has targeted families in which LGBT people are raised; where they embrace behavioral models, experience unconditional love, but unfortunately sometimes suffer traumatic experiences that mark them for the rest of their lives, according to the organizers. In this way. Prague Pride contributes to the debate about today’s families that has begun in the Czech society.

Prague Pride is trying to emphasize that for LGBT people being accepted at home is more important than the way they are treated outside the family. LGBT children are often singled out and made the black sheep of the family, the organizers state.

“In this year’s campaign, we are raising awareness about labeling people, which takes place in most families. Relatives often attach labels to other family members based on their behavior or inborn characteristics – whether they like it or not. It is simply our habit to place labels,” Prague Pride director Hana Kulhánková said in a press release.

She adds that labels are based on stereotypes and distort the personality of their bearers. Prague Pride is calling on people to stop making a fuss over the sexual orientation or looks of their relatives. “We are all unique, and it’s much better to enjoy the time we spend together as a family — for instance by joining together the Prague Pride festival,” she added.

Others involved in Prague Pride agree. “We have wholeheartedly embraced the fundamental topic of equality. Our goal was to find insights that are strong enough to make the public reassess old prejudices,” Karla Calheiros said. She is the author of the concept, together with Marina Frederico.

“We strongly believe that through this campaign we will be able to open a discussion and that the habit of superficially labeling people will become something to talk over at the family table. We should all realize that each one of us is much more than the label we might be carrying,” she added.

The festival offers more than 100 different events. A guest from the Netherlands is the transgender model Loiza Lamers, who came out as a child thanks to her family’s support. Swiss historian Corinne Rufli will take a look at the lives of lesbian seniors. Little-known facts about the family of the German writer Thomas Mann will be shown through an exhibition and a theater performance. The Pride Village will have a day for marriage and family.

The family will also be the topic of a series of workshops and support groups. There will be a discussion with children growing up in rainbow families, a coming out preparation workshop run by Safety Hotline (Linka bezpečí), and group meetings of LGBT relatives organized by the Trans*parent. Most of the Prague Pride events have free admission.

You can find the complete Prague Pride 2018 program at www.praguepride.cz and in the mobile app Convene by Thomson Reuters for iOS and Android

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