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History and importance of Ljubljana Pride Parade

Pride Parades are public events organized once a year by LGBTIQ + communities around the world. These events are closely linked to the phenomenon of homophobia, as parades take place in a sphere of public space, on the street where, according to numerous studies, the rate of homophobia is alarmingly high. The purpose of the pride parade is to alert society to the discrimination of the LGBTIQ + community and to publicly express the demands for equality and fundamental human rights, which should apply equally to all people.

The organized LGBTIQ + movement in Slovenia began in the 1980s, in particular the first Magnus festival was organized in Slovenia in 1984, during which the first LGBTIQ + films were screened, the first publications were distributed for the purpose of raising awareness and organizing the first workshops or lectures on LGBTIQ+ culture. For the first time in 1986, the Škuc Magnus section publicly and clearly expressed the political demands of same-sex orientation in Slovenia in their Manifesto. A year later, the feminist Lilit Initiative was formed, and in 1987 the LL lesbian section formed within it, which later became independent and came to life under the auspices of the Škuc Forum.

The year 2001 was marked by the organization of an anti-homophobia rally with the slogan “A bypass past intolerance”, which marked the first pride parade in Slovenia. Its organization was triggered by an event at the Ljubljana Gallery, located in the City Gallery, owned by the City of Ljubljana. When two poets, Brane Mozetič and Jean Paul Daoustu tried to enter it, the clerk dismissed them by saying that “they should already be used to the fact that the place is no longer for this type of people.” The LGBTIQ + community has demanded that state authorities intervene to punish such intolerable acts, but this has not happened. The incident was a watershed moment and, above all, an initiative to organize the first protest rally, a spontaneous pride parade in Slovenia.Click here to read how the experiences of LGBTIQ+ people differ from country to country, what is the situation for LGBTIQ + people in Slovenia, about Pride Parade Week and more.

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