June is around the world celebrated as a “Pride Month”, where people with different sexual orientations, gender identities and ethnicities come together to celebrate the right to be yourself and to love whoever you want. The pride parades, arranged by LGBTI activists around the world, celebrate diversity and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex culture.
In Oslo, this year’s Pride Parade was arranged on 30th June, and brought 40 000 marchers and 200 000 spectators to the event. Oslo Pride has never been bigger, making it the most visible celebration in Oslo after the 17th May national day celebration!It has become increasingly popular to attend the parades for people outside the LGBTI communities, who want to show their support to the sexual minorities that daily experience discrimination for simply being themselves.
The Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi has signed the joint declaration of the EU Delegation to India, supporting the LGBTI communities:
“This June, we the undersigned diplomatic missions in India’s capital, reaffirm our countries' strong commitment to promote the universality of human rights and to ensure that everyone, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation enjoys these rights without discrimination.”
The slogan for Oslo Pride is “Alt er love” – all is love, a message we all should carry with us. Happy Pride!