STATEMENT FROM INTERPRIDE ON WORLDPRIDE 2021 IN COPENHAGEN
InterPride is the International Association of LGBTQIA+ Pride Organizers. We have almost 400 member organizations in nearly 70 countries. Our work impacts millions worldwide through our members. InterPride is also the owner of the WorldPride brand, and this was the 7th edition of WorldPride in Copenhagen, Denmark, since we first launched in Rome, Italy, 21 years ago.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Copenhagen 2021 and other event partners, including the European Pride Organizers Association (EPOA), for carrying on the torch and for producing Copenhagen WorldPride 2021 despite the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the first WorldPride with an extensive human rights component, and Copenhagen 2021 should be proud of the splendid programming.
Despite the successes, we want to acknowledge the challenges experienced, including those detained for a few hours en route to Malmo, Sweden, on August 20th, 2021, for the Refugees, Borders, & Immigration Summit. InterPride is disheartened by the incident and is working closely with Copenhagen 2021 and LGBT+ Denmark to get to the bottom of this. Please join us in signing this statement by LGBT+ Denmark to call on all European border patrol authorities to review border patrol practices to systematically address and prevent instances of unwarranted detention and racial profiling.
InterPride is also aware of the lack of recognition and visibility for the Indigenous community during WorldPride 2021. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Inuit and other First Nations communities on which we were learning, working, organizing, and speaking from throughout WorldPride 2021.
We would also like to acknowledge the lived experiences of the colonized and subjugated people in various parts of the world, including Africa, Asia, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and the Caribbean, who fell under Danish rule. As activists, we would like to take this opportunity to commit ourselves to the struggle against the systems of oppression that have dispossessed Indigenous people of their lands and denied their rights to self-determination and work that is essential to human rights across the world.
InterPride is working hard to fight racism and xenophobia across the globe. Last year, we introduced the Racism & Oppression Awareness Program to discuss and address these issues globally. Please watch our session on Pride and Race (also embedded below) during the WorldPride 2021 Human Rights Conference to learn more about our work in this area. We also want to commit to ensuring that the Indigenous community feels heard and represented in all future WorldPrides, starting with Sydney WorldPride in 2023.
There is still a great deal of work that needs to be done to address the discrimination, hostile laws, and violence related to gender identity and sexual orientation worldwide. Our global LGBTQIA+ community is under attack. Many are still being killed and tortured for who they are. This is why Pride and WorldPride are extremely important. InterPride seeks to be at the forefront of creating the change necessary for our global LGBTQIA+ community! We believe in making a difference and will continue fighting for LGBTQIA+ rights everywhere!
The next WorldPride will be held in Sydney, Australia, in February of 2023. InterPride is incredibly proud to see WorldPride move to the southern hemisphere for the first time. We look forward to our continued partnership and collaboration with Sydney WorldPride to assist them in producing the next WorldPride in any way we can. We will work with them to incorporate the gains and best practices and address the challenges that arose at the 2021 WorldPride.
Once again, we thank Copenhagen 2021 for this fantastic edition of WorldPride. And we thank every one of you for being there in person or virtually. We welcome you to our next WorldPride destination, Sydney, Australia. We hope to see you there in 2023!
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