We want to get married. Seriously.
Rainbow PRIDE Bratislava 2016 is coming back to the streets of the capital city after a year break and follows the campaign Life Partnership. It says it clearly: We want to get married! Seriously!
Already the 6th year of traditional festival Rainbow PRIDE Bratislava will take place on July 30th 2016 on the Hviezdoslavovo square in Bratislava. Colorful walk through the center of Old Town, will again follow up the idea of analogical events around the world, when LGBTI people are joined by their families, friends, colleagues and acquaintances, to support their desires for equal chances, health maintenance, direction of their happiness, making up their living, be safe in their country and take care of their loved ones.
For this year, organizers had decided to directly connect the PRIDE with a campaign Life Partnership, which is a platform of Slovak civic organizations, aiming to gain the support of the general public, for legal recognition of same-sex couples and their families. This platform wants to achieve the accessibility of Life Partnership for all couples, regardless of the gender identity or sexual orientation of those, who create these couples.
„The main theme of this campaign is publishing personal stories that offer possibilities to think and rethink opinions on gays and lesbians to the general public in Slovakia. It is time to make same-sex couples living amongst us visible, hear out their problems and enforce solutions. By the recognition of a single law, we can create a new institute for all couples, which cannot get married today, or for some reasons doesn’t want to use it. Nobody will get harmed by such law, but many will benefit,“ says one of the organizers of the event Natalia Tomekova.
Web page of the campaign Life already offers 7 stories of same-sex couples. The goal of Rainbow PRIDE Bratislava 2016 is besides the event itself, open up these stories to the general public, motivate more same-sex couples to come out towards the Slovak majority and show, that families of two men or two women, whether they have kids or don’t, live the same joys and sorrows as the those created by men and women.
Rainbow PRIDE will be accompanied by the moderator Ludwig Bagin, entertained by a great singer Katka Ščevlíková and by a Cuban hurricane band Azucar Cubana. The rhythm of the march will be led by drummers from the formation called Batatimba.
Martin Macko from Initiative Otherness explains what will Rainbow PRIDE in year 2016 try to say: „Love takes a crucial part for happy lives of people regardless of their sexual orientation. Gay and lesbian couples share the same values as other couples; they value their families and the help to their closed ones. They just want to say in front of the law: „this is a person I love“, celebrate this wow with their family and friends, stand beside each other in good and bad, age together and live worthily to the end.“