This week read about Malawi celebrating its first Pride, and people marching in Paris to denounce the anti-LGBT situation in Hungary.
Malawi Celebrates First Pride Parade
The streets of Lilongwe, Malawi's capital, were blanketed in rainbows for a few hours over the weekend when approximately 50 members of the country's persecuted LBGT population marched in the country's first Pride parade.
Those taking part in the parade faced high risks, as homosexuality is still illegal in Malawi.
According to The Guardian, those on the streets of Lilongwe June 26, on the other hand, were overjoyed that, after a year of events being canceled throughout the world, their march was finally taking place during Pride Month.
Many marchers stated they were still stigmatized and persecuted, and that they lived in constant terror. They told of being denied housing, being blackmailed by cops, being tormented at school, being rejected by their families, and being forced to disguise their sexuality in public.
Thousands March In Paris To Denounce Anti-LGBT Legislation In Hungary
Pride in Paris. Photo credit: Jeanne Menjoulet via Flickr.
Thousands of people flocked to the streets of Paris on June 26 for an LGBT Pride march, with many using the first gathering of its type since the coronavirus outbreak to denounce the situation in Hungary.
According to Reuters, marchers carried rainbow flags and colorful banners as they marched from Pantin on the outskirts of Paris to Place de la République on the city's Right Bank, chanting "Gay rights are human rights!" and more.
One marcher, when asked about the situation in Hungary, where new legislation prohibits the dissemination of material in schools that promotes homosexuality or gender transition, said it was unacceptable.
“No country in the world, no part of the world should criminalize homosexuality. Its representation shouldn't be banned, it's absurd," Marc Pauli, 58, told Reuters TV.