Ljubljana pride 2018

Ljubljana pride 2018

The Ljubljana Pride Festival takes anywhere between 9 and 12 days It is very strong on political content, we’ve developed a political message kind of a backbone of all the events and then through different events, from public discussions, or forums or round tables up to concerts performative events exhibitions and so on We then try to address aspects of that topic that a problem, that a political message is exposing every year In 2018 we decided for a slogan called “Unavoidably intertwined” We wanted to talk about intersectionality To really discuss throughout the festival an approach from different perspectives, also more performative ones, or more artistic ones What intersectionality means What it means to fight for intersectional justice, and what it means to experience intersectional discrimination and the reason behind that is that many of the oppression manifestations, many types of discrimination that LGBTIQ+ people face, both here in Slovenia, and of course, wider, they are a culmination of different factors, affecting people because of the diversity of their identities The Pride Parade in Ljubljana took place for the first time, actually, in 2001 So the first one was a protest, a reaction to two gay poets being, not being allowed or not being serviced at a bar in the city centre of Ljubljana and the reaction of the community to that made the first kind of like a protest march And then in 2002, second, like a commemoration of that moment but also like the start of the Pride Parades as we know them today happened And at first it was just at that time existing LGBT organizations who kind of like, shared between them the organizing role, or did it as a consortium, or did it together, and then, by 2009 they decided to establish Pride Parade Association as a separate entity, as a separate independent association to take care of the Pride Parade And soon after that, with a couple of years, the association started to develop a bit wider program, so we started to do, or they started to do Pride weeks And then, by 2014, we started to also do a more focused youth program We try to involve a lot of young LGBTIQ+ people through both non formal education approaches, with workshops, training courses, capacity building events, with a lot of strong participatory approaches But, at the same time, also to create more spaces to support young artists, or young performers or young musicians to also who are from the LGBTIQ+ community and who want to say something about their experience of being LGBTIQ+ through their art, through their work, to give them a space to also present themselves, so every year we also try to invite and incorporate and work together and give this space to young LGBTIQ+ people We very consciously want to work as an anti-racist organization, We very consciously want to align and work as an antifa organization, so everytime something happens on the lines of discrimination, or different things in Slovenia, you know, that are not only targeting LGBTIQ+ population but other marginalized populations, people, that are based on racism, that are based on xenophobia, that are based, yes of course, homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, that are based on sexism, that are based on classism, because we also know that a lot of people here more and more are pushed into poverty, So all of these… and precarious work conditions, for example, so whenever there’s a need for solidarization with other struggles in society and, at the same time, there’s a constant need to educate and to raise awareness on how these struggles, and how these forms of oppression interplay within our own LGBTIQ+ community and wider in society We believe if we do our work well, that we see some actual results from it and part of these results is that all of us, in the community, and hopefully also some of our partners or people who get in contact with our community from outside, let’s say, who are not LGBTIQ+ organizations or do not live these identities, get a bit challenged We see new people coming to the forefront, feeling empowered or feeling that there is a space for them to also share their experiences which otherwise they might not because they would be exactly those who we want to give a space to the more marginalized within the marginalized

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