In 2018, it was reported that around 5,000 LGBTQ+ pride supporters were able to march in Ukraine's capital for about 20 minutes. It was the first year a Pride parade had ended without violence in that country. Last year's events have given supporters hope that this year's Pride, which will be held from June 14 to June 23, will see a bigger turnout (they're expecting 10,000 attendees) and face less resistance.
Rome is historically a Catholic city and is home to both the Vatican (the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church) and the Pope. As such, LGBTQ+ people have faced more challenges or resistance in Italy than in many other parts of Western Europe. Rome, the country's capital, has only hosted Pride marches since 2013, and this year the Roma Pride event fills an entire week, culminating in a parade on June 8.
Mexico City's Pride Parade was called “one of the largest, wildest, and crazy gay pride events” in Latin America by Misterb&b, a global gay travel community. The first Pride parade was held in 1978, and Mexico City's Pride festival is well rehearsed and well-attended. On average, 1 million LGBTQ+ activists march and party their way through the city. This year's event will happen on June 29.
In 1983 the first large scale march for LGBTQ+ rights in Ireland started at Dublin's Liberty Hall. 2019's Pride parade will bring 7,000 people by that exact spot, giving participants a moment to reflect on how far the country has come. After the march, revelers can kick back at Pride Village or keep the party going at the adults-only Pride Block Party.
On May 18, 2019, 24 diplomats from countries around the world marched in the Belgium Pride Parade as “Diplomats for Equality,” according to The Brussels Times. One of the most advanced countries in Europe as far as LGBTQ+ equality and inclusivity, Belgium legalized same-sex marriage in 2003, but the community realizes life isn't as easy for LGBTQ+ people everywhere else. The diplomats march for LGBTQ+ rights everywhere.
Another deeply religious country, Israel's Pride celebrations, while joyous, tend to face a lot of opposition. The Times of Israel reported that far-right extremists vowed to protest and disrupt the Jerusalem Pride Parade, and Tel Aviv's parade also faces similar threats. Even still, organizers planned massive parades and beach parties to be held in each city on June 6 and June 14.
Canada hosts several large Pride events each year, but one of the biggest is Vancouver's Pride Week Festival. Running from July 29 to Aug. 5, this year's festival will be held in Vancouver's West End neighborhood, and the parade, which is generally attended by hundreds of thousands of supporters, will take place on Aug. 4. In the past, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made an appearance to demonstrate his support—attendees would do well to keep their eyes peeled for him again this year.
Revelers at Taiwan's Taipei Pride Parade have a lot to celebrate this year: on May 17 the country legalized same-sex marriage, making it the first country in Asia to do so. Taipei's parade will be one of the last Pride events of the year, taking place on Oct. 26 when temperatures have finally cooled off.
The “biggest small Pride in the world” Reykjavik's Pride festival will be celebrated in August. In 1993, Icelandic LGBTQ+ supporters gathered in the city center to demand freedom and equal human rights, an instance which became an official event in 1999. Over 100,000 guests from all over the world are set to attend and will be greeted with a program of more than 40 official events.
In Berlin, LGBTQ+ supporters celebrate Christopher Street Day. The holiday marks the Stonewall Inn riots (which occurred on Christopher Street in New York City) and was first observed in 1979, 10 years after the riots. This year's Christopher Street Day parade will be held on July 27, and attendance is expected to be around 500,000.2018 All rights reserved.