Today, almost 800 participants marched under the motto “The future is intersectional – Queer liberation” from Leipzig’s Marktplatz to Clara-Zetkin-Park. The group “Queering Defaults” had invited for the second time to organize a Pride that is “more political and intersectional than existing offers”. Intersectional means to think and fight different forms of discrimination – like homophobia, racism or Ableism (“ableism”) together.
Pride parades are outdoor events where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and queer people celebrate self-acceptance, successes, legal rights.
At the demonstration, numerous speeches were given in different languages. In addition, the organizers* repeatedly read out central demands that were critical of existing Pride structures/the CSD, dealing with HIV/AIDS, dealing with sex work, structural racism, anti-Romanism, housing policy, queer representation, asexuality, mental illnesses, anti-Semitism, Eurocentrism, and police and prison criticism. The parade was preceded by workshops, lectures, and a panel conversation.
The date of Pride was chosen in reference to the Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969. At that time, queer people on Christopher Street in New York City defended themselves against police brutality. The massive police contingent, in view of the 500 registered participants, kept a low profile at today’s Pride. Nevertheless, the officers saw in a banner the “disturbance of public order and a call to violence” and ordered its removal – which was realized in several steps. “We will have the order legally examined afterwards” said the assembly management.
Pride then closed in a relaxed way in Clara Zetkin Park with performances by “Voguing,” “NYYA,” “Linette,” “Der Nebenwiderspruch,” as well as a “vocal collage queer struggles international.”