At the WorldPride 2021 in Copenhagen and Malmö

Colorful drag queens grace the celebration.

One of the most important and biggest LGBTQ+ events in the world is the WorldPride, which is hosted and organized by different countries in collaboration with international organization InterPride.

The inaugural WorldPride was held in Rome, Italy, from 1 to 9 July 2000. This was followed by WorldPrides in Jerusalem, Israel, in 2006; London, United Kingdom, in 2012; Toronto, Canada, in 2014; and Madrid, Spain, in 2017. WorldPride in New York City in 2019 was a momentous event as it was also in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in 28 June 1969, which sparked the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.

MUSAWAH represented the Muslim and indigenous LGBTQ+ people at the WorldPride.

This year, WorldPride was held in two cities — Copenhagen in Denmark and the neighboring city of Malmö in Sweden, a short train ride away — from 12 to 22 August. Also, the EuroGames were held during WorldPride, which made it an even larger event, drawing thousands of participants and attendees from all over the world despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

About 3,000 people participated in the WorldPride Opening Parade in Malmö and more than 10,000 people joined the six WorldPride marches in Copenhagen, including Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who joined the Human Rights march.


Raising the Philippine flag at the Copenhagen WorldPride.

“In the most difficult circumstances imaginable we have delivered the most beautiful, loving, life-affirming and change-making event Denmark and Sweden have ever seen,” enthused Katja Moesgaard, chairperson of Copenhagen 2021. “We are beyond proud of how our vision for Copenhagen 2021 WorldPride and EuroGames evolved.”

Aside from the EuroGames and the marches, there were different cultural programs and an international human rights forum. At Rådhuspladsen in Copenhagen, the WorldPride Square was set up, a colorful village filled with dining outlets, bars, booths and exhibit areas, where attendees converged.

“Scandinavian countries are one of the most progressive and LGBTQ+ friendly countries in the world to live. However, Scandinavia is also one of the strictest when it comes to LGBTQ+ immigration, asylum seekers and refugees,” commented filmmaker Rhadem Musawah, who was able to attend WorldPride and became the lone Filipino to wave the Philippine flag at the event.

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