Tens of thousands of people brave the scorching sun on the first weekend of July to participate in the Milan Pride parade, which has just left Vittor Pisani in the direction of Arco della Pace.
At the head of the colorful procession, among floats of associations and brands, social centers and trade unions, the rainbow families with their children.
"We are here for the rights of all" say Barbara and Chiara, mothers of Leonardo, explaining that "rights are privileges if they are valid only for a few. Rainbow families have presented a bill for equal marriage, to be recognized as families to all effects".
Yet something is moving, if at the head of the procession there are also the LGBT + Young Christians: "God don't stick your nose between the sheets - says Paul,
Sala: 'Fontana was wrong on patronage'
- "The Region was wrong" in not granting patronage to Pride in Milan, "there is no reason and I would like to tell my colleague Fontana".
This was said by the mayor of Milan, Giuseppe Sala, on the sidelines of the Pride procession that is reaching the Arco della Pace, where it will end and where the institutional speeches will be held.
"At Fontana we share many things, on others we find the formula to work together, but it must not be a way of saying. The mayor is everyone's mayor and probably the governor must also be everyone's", added the mayor.
Arcigay, reverse on the rights here will not pass
- "We are in the midst of a mobilization which affects the whole country and which is the only real barrier to the obscurant winds that reach us from overseas".
Thus Gabriele Piazzoni, general secretary of Arcigay, speaks of the Onda pride, which crosses six cities over the weekend: today Milan, Naples, Bari, Catania and Sassari, tomorrow Padua.
"Another weekend crossed by the claims of rights and equality" declares Piazzoni, explaining that "if Italy does not retreat in terms of rights it is not because of the promises of some politician, if anything, because the people who live in this country will not allow it. Our wave is a stimulus, a demand but also a warning for politics: the reverse on rights will not pass here ".
Thousands at Gay Pride in London, parades also in Toulouse-Marseille -
After three years of lockdown due to Covid-19, Gay Pride has returned to color and animate the streets of the British capital, with thousands of people who have also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first march in 1972. The organizers expect up to one million of people.
600 groups from the LGBT + community signed up for the march - writes The Independent -.
The parade is "an opportunity to celebrate joy and triumph, but also to give voice to the fight against the injustices and inequalities that still exist," said the Pride festival in London.
Other demands made on the UK government include banning conversion therapies for all LGBT + people, reforming the Gender Recognition Act and providing equal protection to affected communities against hate crime.
Ukrainian flags and placards in support of Kiev against Russian aggression were also on the square.
Parades of the gay community also in France.
Thousands - reports the AFP - marched under the heat in Marseille, where a colorful crowd headed towards the Old Port and in Toulouse, many danced and applauded while chanting slogans against violence against LGBT + and homophobia .