The joyful multicolored crowd set off around 3 p.m.: the last Pride March before the end of Emmanuel Macron’s five-year term. Several thousand people responded to the call of Inter-LGBT and gathered in front of the Saint-Germain church in Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis) on Saturday, June 26, despite the rain. According to the police headquarters, 30,000 people marched for this pride march, which started for the first time in the Paris suburbs.
At the microphone, Mimosa, from the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA), launches the songs before the departure of the procession. ” We are here ! Even if Darmanin doesn’t want us, we’re here! To win the PMA and that everyone is entitled to it! “, chant the demonstrators in chorus, amidst rainbow flags and umbrellas.
In front of the militant banners, Daniela and Jean-Franco lead the dance in stiletto heels, beaded swimsuits, sequins and large wings of colorful feathers. Behind, the slogans are scathing: “The weather is rotten, the government too”, “Enough of this society which oppresses trans, dykes and queers! “
No square of elected officials leading the procession this year. It’s a “Pole of struggles”, composed in particular of the associations Acceptess-T, Act Up Paris, FièrEs and the LGBTQIA + commission of the NPA, which leads the participants in the direction of the Place de la République. The slogan: “More rights, less talk; too many promises, we regress! “
A “more radical and political” pride
While it could not be held in 2020 due to the health crisis, the 2021 Pride March is intended “More radical and political than usual”, explains Elsa, 31, an activist with the NPA. A few months before the presidential election, “There was a desire to politicize Pride so that it was not only a festive moment, but also a means of promoting [les] rights ”. Rights that the young woman details: fight against LGBTphobias, end of conversion therapies, self-determination of all and legalization of medically assisted procreation (MAP), wanted free and free for all.
“We are here to defend our rights, to show that we are standing up against a society and a government that do not respect us”, launches Julien, 26, hand in hand with his boyfriend. Of all the Marches they have taken, this one seems to them the most important. “In the current context, we could not afford to remain silent”, notes the young man.
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