There was a deep and unpleasant irony that the year when we ought to have celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the first Prides, most of us instead were locked down to try and stem the tide of the coronavirus pandemic.

Within four months of the pandemic’s emergence, more than 500 Prides globally had cancelled or postponed their traditional summer march or parade. By the end of 2020, the number of affected Prides had passed one thousand — equivalent to more than 80% of Prides worldwide.

But the pandemic had an unintended positive impact, too. The activists and community volunteers who…

Steve Taylor

LGBTI+ activist. Board Member of European Pride Organisers Association. Communications Director of Copenhagen 2021 and Global Pride. Own views.

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