“A family atmosphere”. When Albi puts on the colors of gay pride

“A family atmosphere”. When Albi puts on the colors of gay pride
“A family atmosphere”. When Albi puts on the colors of gay pride

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It’s Albi’s turn to have a gay pride. The first Tarn pride march will take place on Saturday June 22. For this first, the organizers are careful not to rush the Albigensians.

This will be a first in the Tarn department. On June 22, Albi will host its first “gay pride”. A pride march for all LGBTQIA+ communities organized by the association Pastel Diversities.

On the program for the day: stroll through the streets of Albi, associative villages (with the participation of Enipse and Pollux), concerts… Activities are also to be found, such as tango which will be danced with “a person of the same sex” .

“We have wanted to organize this style of event for years. But we had to be at least established,” confides Isabeau Glinka, its co-president. A major challenge for the association because the event requires a large logistical system and a significant mobilization of volunteers. Moreover, the association is actively looking for one for this day of June 22. An appeal was launched on social networks.

“From inclusion through assimilation”

“We already did a first test, two years ago, by bringing our own local tank Ruraligay at the Toulouse pride. We then said to ourselves: ‘why not organize one in Tarn'”, adds Isabeau Glinka. The challenge? Breaking stereotypes: “We want to achieve inclusion through assimilation”.

Pastel Diversities at Toulouse gay pride
Isabeau Glinka – IG

But why in Albi? For the association, the goal is to develop this “common cause” and to establish it in Albigensian heritage. A pride that stands out from that of Toulouse, by its eco-friendly, gentle and innovative side, because no vehicles will be present. “We want to establish a family and accessible atmosphere, without disrupting the habits of local residents since not everyone is obliged to join our cause,” explains the co-president.

A “gentle activism”

The association created at the end of 2018 promotes “listening and information on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity”. Open to all sexuality, it carries out several social missions such as prevention discussions, cultural missions and numerous activities. Its goal is “to break social isolation and to be a help, a quality listener”, specifies Isabeau Glinka.

Based in Albi, the association promotes “gentle activism” through a presence in trade fairs, the organization of screenings, etc. “At the start we only did listening times but we wanted to develop our activity for better visibility,” she says.

In particular, on May 18, the association is organizing an awareness day on “LGBT phobia” in front of the Grand Théâtre to fight against discrimination in the sporting environment. A date which is important since it comes the day after the day to combat homophobia and transphobia.

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