Pride in Vannes: “Show that differences exist and that we can live with them”

Pride in Vannes: “Show that differences exist and that we can live with them”
Pride in Vannes: “Show that differences exist and that we can live with them”

Why is it important to you that there is a Pride in Vannes?

This is important because our cause is far from being won. There is still a lot of homophobia and transphobia in France and particularly in Vannes. For example, access to housing and employment remains complicated for trans people. And for gay people, it remains unnatural to hold hands or kiss in the street, for fear of having a reaction or worse. Pride provides visibility and representation, this is important for any minority. It shows everyone, especially young people, that differences exist and that we can live with them!

What messages do you still think are important to convey? What battles remain to be fought?

In France, a bill proposed by Les Républicains will be presented to the Senate on May 28 prohibiting any form of transition for minors, whether social, legal or medical. And this party would even like to ban it up to the age of 25, even though numerous studies show that transitions save lives by helping people.

The current news means that we talk a lot about trans people, because currently, they are the ones who are having it all. But of course, our association and Pride are there to help and carry the messages of all homos, bisexuals, asexuals… In short, all LGBTQI+ people.

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Magali Puig and Maud Le Mat are both involved in the Liberty Max association, at the origin of the Vannes pride. (Photo: Maud Le Mat)

On social networks, some comments say: “Everyone does what they want, but no need to show off.” What do you answer them?

First of all, it is not a desire, because it is not a choice. And if there were no more homophobia and transphobia, then indeed, there would be no need for Pride. But as long as it exists, it’s important to show people who are isolated, or with an unaccepting family, that we can live it well.

During our visits, we have already had testimonies from gay people whose houses had been sprayed with swastikas… And last year, the Nouveau Genre boutique, in Vannes, had its window vandalized and torn down the rainbow flag.

Pride is also a festive event. What do you have planned this year?

There will be an associative village from 11 a.m. on the port esplanade, with a dozen associations present, singers, catering… There will be speeches at 2:30 p.m. The march, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., will be accompanied by two floats with DJ and drag. And the evening at the Brief will also be lively with DJ Poupette and a drag show!

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