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Skopje Pride

Under the motto "Come Out for Love! Dignity. Equality. Justice.", On Saturday, June 25, 2022, the third Skopje Pride will take place. Unlike the previous editions of the Pride, the starting time is postponed to the late afternoon. The starting point, as before, will be in the Park "Woman Warrior", where the gathering of participants will begin at 5 pm, and at 7 pm after several short speeches, the protest march will start in the streets of Skopje and will end with the entertaining cultural program at the ARM Stadium in the City Park.

Why do we want people to come out for love?

Because in times of crisis, war, and poverty, love is easily forgotten, and hatred occupies the minds and hearts of people far more easily. Because only with love can we resist the violence to which those who are different are subjected even when there is peace for all others. Because no one should be deprived of the right to love or be persecuted because their love is not recognized by norms and laws. Because love must win.

Why the need for Pride?

Many things, in many countries, have changed since the first Pride was held in 1970 in New York. However, progress in the field of LGBT+ human rights is not equal, nor is it sufficient, and it is constantly faced with attacks by forces that oppose universal human rights. That is why Pride remains an important form of protest by the LGBT+ community against stigma, prejudice, and violence. Pride is a shriek on behalf of the millions of people facing social exclusion, impaired physical autonomy, and limited access to services available to all others.

Skopje Pride, like other pride parades, is a holiday of love, a day of visibility for the marginalized, and, of course, an occasion to celebrate the toughness of our struggle for equality. So, on June 25, 2022, see you at Pride!

Skopje Pride

Under the motto “Come Out for Love! Dignity. Equality. Justice.”, On Saturday, June 25, 2022, the third Skopje Pride will take place. Unlike the previous editions of the Pride, the starting time is postponed to the late afternoon. The starting point, as before, will be in the Park “Woman Warrior”, where the gathering of participants will begin at 5 pm, and at 7 pm after several short speeches, the protest march will start in the streets of Skopje and will end with the entertaining cultural program at the ARM Stadium in the City Park.

Why do we want people to come out for love?

Because in times of crisis, war, and poverty, love is easily forgotten, and hatred occupies the minds and hearts of people far more easily. Because only with love can we resist the violence to which those who are different are subjected even when there is peace for all others. Because no one should be deprived of the right to love or be persecuted because their love is not recognized by norms and laws. Because love must win.

Why the need for Pride?

Many things, in many countries, have changed since the first Pride was held in 1970 in New York. However, progress in the field of LGBT+ human rights is not equal, nor is it sufficient, and it is constantly faced with attacks by forces that oppose universal human rights. That is why Pride remains an important form of protest by the LGBT+ community against stigma, prejudice, and violence. Pride is a shriek on behalf of the millions of people facing social exclusion, impaired physical autonomy, and limited access to services available to all others.

Skopje Pride, like other pride parades, is a holiday of love, a day of visibility for the marginalized, and, of course, an occasion to celebrate the toughness of our struggle for equality. So, on June 25, 2022, see you at Pride!

Why do we ask for dignity, equality, and justice?

In our country, the dignity of LGBT+ people is still being trampled on - they are constantly targets of humiliation, dehumanization, and hate speech in the public and political discourse. They have difficult access to the realization of their human rights, their voices and their needs are often neglected in policy-making, and the conservatively tailored national legislation puts them in an unequal subordinate position in comparison to their fellow cisgendered heterosexual citizens. The cases of documented hate crimes against LGBT+ people are stuck in the mental and legal labyrinths of the prosecutor’s office, and the trend of impunity for perpetrators of violence is normalized and encouraged by such behavior. The right to life, freedom, and security remains only the longing and hope of many in the LGBT+ community who do not fit into the heteronormativity and binary logic of the gender system. Some of them are still struggling to be recognized as persons before the law. Justice will be satisfied when equality becomes a reality and human dignity a normative concept.

National Network against Homophobia and Transphobia

The National Network against Homophobia and Transphobia, founded in 2014, is an informal network of citizens’ associations and informal groups that work together to promote the guarantee and enjoyment of the human rights of LGBTI+ people in the Republic of North Macedonia. Our vision is for every person from the LGBTI+ community in our country to live a quality and safe life and to fully enjoy and exercise their rights. As part of its mission, NNHT works to create and maintain a safe, inclusive and equitable environment for the LGBTI+ community through joint action and coordination, active involvement of community members, their empowerment and advocacy.

Timeline

Skopje Pride 2021

In conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, under the slogan "Beyond the Walls", the second Pride Parade was held in Skopje...

More Info26 June, 2021

Skopje Pride 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual Skopje Pride was held with events on the Internet over several days...

More Info20-30 June, 2020

Skopje Pride 2019

The first Pride Parade was held in Skopje, the attendance exceeded the expectations of the organizers...

More Info29 June, 2019

What can you expect?

Apart from an unforgettable march through the streets of Skopje, Skopje Pride has prepared a rich entertainment program for the visitors with live music performances and DJ sets.

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