Prague’s annual Pride festival is set to begin on Monday, running one week of events and festivities that celebrate queer culture and understate the importance continuing to push for full gender and racial equity in Czechia. I spoke with Kateřina Šilhová, one of the events coordinators, about what’s in store this year.
“I would say that Pride is still relevant and important because it reminds us about where we stand as queer people in society, so activism is certainly still part of the festival. It’s all about visibility, and of course reminds us that queer and LGBTQ+ people do not have some important rights here in the Czech Republic.
“So I would say Pride is an important event not only to make the lives of LBGTQ+ better, but it’s also about making everyone’s lives better, because equal rights make the living situation in the whole society better.
“Even though we can see some improvements in Prague and in the Czech Republic in the legal aspects of queer life, rights are still not equal, and Pride is here to remind us that we still have some things to fight for, and we can get together to celebrate queer culture.”
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Auth: Amelia Mola-Schmidt