“It’s with the pedals that we move forward”, “Bravo lesbians! or “Jesus said to love everyone.” I took him at his word “, could we read this Saturday in Marseille and Toulouse, on signs, in the middle of the rainbow flags.
Thousands of people, including many young people, took part this Saturday afternoon, in the heat, in the streets of the two cities in the LGBT + Pride march, AFP journalists noted.
In Marseille, a colorful crowd of several thousand people gathered near Saint-Charles station, before heading to the Old Port.
In Toulouse, before walking through the streets of the center of the Pink City, thousands of participants danced and applauded speakers inviting them to “enjoy unfettered enjoyment” and to fight against “shame, ignorance, violence” against LGBT+ on the Place du Capitole.
Ambre Barthès, 23, would like to “give visibility to the movement”. “There is homophobia but also racism. And there are still a lot of social inequalities and a lot of aggression,” she adds.
Loan El-Haïna, 23, comes “to support transgender people. Many of them do not dare to say it so as not to lose their loved ones”. “It’s not our fault if we weren’t born in the body that was originally intended for us,” she continues.
Bleu, 23, also very happy to be at this “normal Pride”, however regrets that the alternative Pride marches are “not yet well known”.
Because in recent years, in addition to the usual demonstrations, alternative marches have appeared, with other slogans and demands, often more protesting.
On June 4, a thousand people marched in Saint-Denis for the second “suburban pride”. And on June 19, according to the associations, there were some 50,000 in Paris at the anti-capitalist and anti-racist “Radical Pride”.