Hey peeps, hope you are enjoying this new space as much as we are! This merge of different personalities and point of views came simultaneously with one of the biggest pro-diversity parades in Europe called EUROPRIDE! This event was inaugurated in London in 92′ dedicated for the LGBTQ+ community as an European celebration for diversity! Even though Sweden has a good international reputation in many aspects, Rainbow Europe – organisation showing an overview of the social climate for LGBTI people in each country based on the Annual Review of the Human Rights Situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex People in Europe- scored the country in 10th place. This means, that Sweden still has some work to do to become a leader in LBTQ+ rights! Nonetheless, this year’s Europride was a super big score that showed me the true colors of Stockholm!
Even though I was not able to take cool pics of the event, you can see by the image above shared by the europride2018 webpage, that the main “inauguration” kick-off was amazing! From food trucks to companies and speakers, this event that took place in Östermalms IP (also called Pride Park) was one of a kind. This place was program-full during 5 straight days with different activities and shows like the performance of Eurovision’s 2018 winner NETTA, a karaoke stand, and even a “silent disco” party (also called headphones parties). But this was not all that happened there, there was also a Pride House where people could attend different talks from “Inside Fetishism” to “Children Identities”. Finally, PARTIES! PARTIES! PARTIES!
On Tuesday, before the pride park, I went with two friends to one of most amazing rooftops in Stockholm to a kick-off party where a super good line-up of dj’s were hosting a pride-afterwork life session for everyone. What is good to emphasise about this, is the mix of people in this kind of events, gay, lesbian, queers, and of course straight ones among others. Everybody enjoying with friends and family a good night without carrying about preferences or colors 🙂
Another incredible thing that happened during pride week, were the private events hosted by friends. I was invited by one of my closest Swedish friends to a pride brunch where not only I could experience the openness of Swedish culture towards diversity, but once again I could see that no matter your sexual or political preference, everyone could enjoy a super fun brunch! I want to highlight this based on the fact that some people have a hard time understanding how much diverse the world is and forget that are far worst things to be worrying about (Trump’s climate change denial, biodiversity loss, gender inequality, and so much more) than just carrying about who your neighbour decides to love.
Even though you can’t appreciate a lot the rainbow flag lighting the 5 buildings almost in the center of the picture, I took this photo from one of the closing parties in Södermalm as a reminder to myself and as a prove to you, that not only KTH is a diverse university full of amazing students from different cultural backgrounds and sexual preferences, but also that Sweden is a country of openness to diverse minds and diverse people who understand that each one of us, is unique!
Happy pride, people and stay tuned for the second part of this post… THE PRIDE PARADE!