9. 6. 2017 - 17. 6. 2017




It is 2017 and we live in a world of constantly enforced states of emergency, fear and phobias, violence, discrimination and the apolitical. This world leaves its mark on all of us, both those recognising themselves as part of the LGBTIQ+ community, as well as all others. We all seek refuge and alliences; a withdrawal from this reality.  And it is this withdrawal that is too often fatal.

The withdrawal from public to private space, from activism into a seemingly apolitical existence of individuals, is the cause of our weakness. This is what enables current power structures their existance and the furthering of social inequalities. Too often we withdraw into bubbles of comfort in order to forget where we came from and how it was there, how it still is for lesbians and gays in the countryside, outside of the seemingly anonimous centre. Inside the bubble we forget what it means to be refused medical treatment after outing oneself as lesbian to a gynecologist or to walk the school corridors, while the principal allows for hatefull poster shaming of young gays.

Our common fundamental value needs to be human dignity based on the prohibition of discrimination and simultaneous social emancipation. Until we allow for people to be treated as second class citizens and less worthy, and until we remain apolitical, we can not expect positive social change. We are the social change – our decisions, actions and capacity to organise and act together.

This year’s Pride Parade uncovers the surface of the apparent comfort and societal achievements. By emphasizing intersex people, historic memory of the victims of fascism, bullying in schools, homophobic regimes and above all the ignorance of institutions towards the needs of the most vulnerable, it penetrates into the pores of a societal system that allows and legalises discrimination.

Pride Parade is a moment when the marginalised and the oppressed are heard and seen. It is the yearly warning that we live in a society of discrimination, which we do not accept. It is a celebration and encouragement of particularities of groups and cultures within the LGBTIQ+ community. It is the preservation of historic memory of the struggles of those who came before us, who have paved the way, so that we have a voice and a figure today. It is a celebration of the freedom and right to the acknowledgment and expression of our personal and our common diversity. But above all it is the opportunity to demand structural change and equality for all.

By uncovering the invisible realities of LGBTIQ+lives and the consequences of ignoring and not adressing them, we clearly send a message to state institutions. There is no excuse for not solving legal gender recognition, for allowing referendums on human rights, for not supporting any safety networks for the most vulnerable, for systematically endangering the health of transgender and intersex people and for allowing hate speech in public institutions and from the side of people in public office. With Pride Parade we demand responsibility from societal and political power holders.

Through the Pride Parade we form a common demand for human dignity, social change and nondiscrimination.


For Pride Parade
Simona Mušec

Simona Muršec
On February 24th 2017 the law on Partnership union came into force. After more than thirty years of fighting for the rights of gays and lesbians, after demands for prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation in Slovenian Constitution in early 1990s, after two referendums that tried to equalize the rights of homosexual and heterosexual couples, after an unconstitutional law on registered partnership, after all the demands for legal gender recognition that were ignored… in 2017, we »got« a law, a step closer to… discrimination. Discrimination remains, social stigma remains, structural ignorance towards the reality remains and is enhanced.
This year's Ljubljana Pride Festival is devoted precisely to exposing this reality or uncovering the invisible.
Too often we witness the arrogant beliefs of public officials, why are we still rebelling, we've got our rights, it's 2017 and everybody is nice towards us, we need to relax and enjoy our nice and beautiful cities, streets, markets, rivers and streams.
Reality is of course everything but nice. It's surely not beautiful and there's also no enjoyment in it.
Our reality is that half of the young LGBTIQ+ people feel unsafe in the streets, more than thirty percent report experience of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity; babies that are born with ambiguous genitalia or cannot be gender defined at birth are operated and during those procedures they’re often sterilized; transgender  women waiting for their gender operation are, because of the lack of "adequate personnel", indefinitely on medications which are known to become carcinogenic with time; in high school corridors students are posting offensive posters with pictures of young gays - their schoolmates, blackmailing and harassing them, while headmasters are saying to these same young gays that they should act less provocatively, meanwhile, the offensive posters still decorate the walls, teachers marching by daily, silently approving them.
In conclusion, it is clear why there is a need for a Pride parade, over and over again, still. This year’s festival will penetrate into the pores of social structures, dig beneath the surface and uncover these most invisible, marginalized and unpleasant realities of LGBTIQ+ lives.
Design Description
Lovro Centrih
The design reflects this year’s political message of the Festival - Uncovering the invisible. We wanted to achieve a regard to the topic of intersex – one of the most invisible themes within the LGBTIQ+ community in Slovenia. We combined several simple ideas in colour, arrangement and added elements of this year’s visual identity in all elements of the design.
Firstly, by using the colour yellow, we try to resonate with the intersex flag, as yellow is its ground colour. In its meaning yellow is ​the​ colour of non-binary and of all sexes at the same time, as well as a colour of visibility, used often in signals or messages that need to draw visibility or need our special attention. Black, on the other side, is the electromagnetic frequency in which everything and everybody is perceived equal - as invisible, as nothing, thus (supposedly) the same. However, this is just an illusion of black ​- ​as it is ​many times ​an illusion ​we're all equals in​ our society​. That illusion is perpetuated because​ those unequal​ ​remain ​invisible, under the surface and away from the eyes of the public​​​.
Combining the two colours creates a duality where black (as an illusory representation of our equal (in)visibility) is ripped off with a visual tear to uncover what​ really​ lies beneath - the themes, the topics, the people - in yellow, beneath the surface, on the margin, in the undergrounds of the LGBTIQ+ ​community and wider ​society ...
Ljubljana Pride Festival 2017 enables a platform for the invisible to speak up, step out and uncover their invisibility, no matter ​their sexual orientation, gender identity​,​ gender expression​ or body characteristics.​
Further visual elements elevate the idea of this story: isohypses a​s​ lines we usually see on a map connecting points of​ something​ equal​ here​ represent ​the "we are all equal" society (or, even LGBTI+ community). ​But truly, we are e​qual only in out inequality – being higher or lower on the social ladder, depending on which personal characteristic is perceived most negatively at that time by ​those judging, those setting the stadard​. They also represent the surface, that​ the ​festival is trying to unveil and look under​ - in the LGBTI+ community and as well as in our society​. The visual tear further uncovers what lies beneath.
T​he ​mosaic of mouths of LGBTI+ people symbolize​s​ our greatest tool: our voices​ ​​that need to be heard. ​N​eed to be heard for us​. Need to be heard​ for others around us. ​And need to be heard for fellow LGBTIQ+ pe​ople​ all over the world​.


Answers about Festivala Pride Parade
(9. June- 16. June)
Maša Pavokovič
+386 40 594 875

Answers about Pride Parade March
(Saturday, 17. June)
Lana Gobec
+386 40 577 949

Promo video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_Uja0CKefE   https://www.facebook.com/LjubljanaPride/videos/1310609008974212/?pnref=story
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