With Pride season in full swing, gays and lesbians have taken to the streets. The LGBTQ rights movement has made tremendous strides over the past few decades and much of the progress in visibility is thanks in part to these Gay Pride parades and marches held in cities around the world.

The global landscape for LGBTQ rights, protections and acceptance varies tremendously by location, with some destinations attracting millions of visitors to their events like Madrid Gay Pride, Sao Paulo Gay Pride or San Francisco Gay Pride, while more than 70 other countries have laws that allow discrimination or persecution of LGBTQ people.

What is Gay Pride?

Gay Pride events, including Gay Pride parades and festivals were started in major urban centers to improve the visibility, acceptance and legal protections for LGBTQ people living in those communities. While the aim of Pride day started with a political nature, many cities around the world have such wide acceptance and legal protections that many events have now become a celebration of Pride for all. Depending on the country or city where the event is being held, the marches and parades often campaign for recognition and acceptance of same-sex marriage, legal protections for couples and families, anti-discrimination laws or trans rights. Although there are still obstacles in achieving full acceptance and protections for the LGBTQ community, recent progress has been significant.

A Brief History of Gay Pride

In June of 1969, a group of LGBTQ people in New York City rioted following a police raid of the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar located on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. This series of events was a turning point for the LGBTQ community and marks one of the most significant events leading to the modern gay rights movement. The following year in June, organized demonstrations took place in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco to mark the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. As the years went on, additional cities in North America and Europe began to hold their own public demonstrations or Pride day, eventually leading to what we know today as Gay Pride parades and festivals.

When is Gay Pride?

Gay Pride events and parades take place throughout the year with the majority in June, July and August. We have the details of all the remaining events of 2018 in this list.

NOVEMBER 04 2018:
Greater Palm Springs Pride, Palm Springs, United States  -  Website


JANUARY 14 2019 - JANUARY 21 2019:
Aspen Gay Ski Week, Aspen, United States  -  Website

JANUARY 20 2019 - JANUARY 27 2019:
Arosa Gay Ski Week, Arosa, Switzerland  -  Website

JANUARY 21 2019 - JANUARY 28 2019:
Whistler Pride, Whistler, Canada  -  Website

For more about Pride read our feature on: Why Pride Is Necessary

Here's the 2018 full year list: 2018 Pride Around The World

Here's 2019's events and those undecided: 2019 Pride Around The World

More Information about World Events

The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association is the world's leading network of LGBTQ-welcoming tourism businesses. They provide free resources and information for LGBTQ travelers including this list of global Gay Pride events. IGLTA’s members include LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in more than 80 countries.

Source: The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association
Photos: PFMphotostock, Bikeworldtravel, Elenarts & Marilyn Nieves


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