Get your tightest t-shirt / smartest harness out, or just go topless – Gay Pride (la Marche des Fiertés) is happening in Paris this weekend, demanding equal rights for all, and this year the parade is going right past our hotels!
You might think that since gay marriage was legalised in France, things have got a lot better for homosexuals, but there’s still a lot to fight for, and the LGBTQI+ community continues to be attacked and stigmatised.
The current government promised to give lesbian couples access to artificial insemination, but the law has been pushed back several times, which is not a good sign. Also, 2018 saw a huge rise in homophobic attacks in the country, and homosexuals are still forbidden from giving blood unless their last sexual activity was over a year before!
Gay Pride is the moment to spotlight these injustices, show solidarity and – duh – attend some fabulous parties. 🏳️🌈
Each year, hundreds of thousands of people participate.
This year, the march starts at 2pm at Montparnasse and goes up boulevard Saint-Michel (juste metres away from the Hotel des Grands Hommes, Hotel les Dames du Panthéon, Hotel Design Sorbonne and Hotel Baume) before crossing the Seine and heading for place de la République, where the festivities will continue until late(ish).
Actually, the weekend starts on Friday with a big club night under the Alexandre III bridge and another down the Seine on Quai de la Rapée, a party-slash-cruise on Saturday at 7pm and dozens more nights being organised all over town.
If you’re not ready for a late night, you could always check out the free exhibition at Hotel de Ville called Champs d’amour showcasing 100 years of gay history and over a hundred film clips featuring LGBTQI+ characters.
You might also like to know that the Paris council is celebrating 50 years since the Stonewall riots by renaming 25 places and squares throughout 2019 to honour important LGBTQI+ figures and events – place des émeutes de Stonewall, la place Harvey Milk, place Jean Marais and more to come…