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OutRight Pride Around The World Report

By Charlotte Robinson, June 24, 2022

OutRight Action International dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ people everywhere has published its annual Pride Around the World report. The report tracks the increase of Pride marches & other events aimed at LGBTQ visibility around the world, including a focus on countries where Pride was celebrated for the first time in 2021 or where heightened repression made it impossible. Through case studies on the Bahamas, Georgia, Hungary, Lithuania, Ghana, Malawi, & Rwanda the report sheds light on legal & political environments that enabled or complicated Pride events in 2021. It also analyzes survey responses from 67 activists in 45 countries, drawing out the multiple purposes of Pride, including awareness, advocacy, community building & resistance. Maria Sjödin, Acting Executive Director of OutRight Action International stated, “Pride is important for visibility, especially where people somehow have the idea that LGBTIQ people don't exist. It is also important for LGBTIQ people themselves - to be in community and get a boost for all the activism that happens all other days of the year.“ Neela Ghoshal, OutRight Senior Director of law, policy & research who led the report’s research & findings concluded, "For LGBTIQ movements around the world, Pride is a time for celebration, for advocacy & for resistance. While public displays, such as Pride, are not the ultimate goal or even a key priority for every movement, they can serve as a useful barometer of LGBTIQ movements’ capability to organize & voice their demands in various parts of the world. It is a testament to the resilience of queer movements that even in the context of COVID-19 restrictions, more countries held public Pride & visibility events in 2021 than ever before." 

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