The 20th edition of the “Vision Walk” took place on Saturday 18 June in Strasbourg. More than 15,000 people demonstrated under 37 degrees to assert their identity and claim their rights. Share with us part of their story. photo.
It’s two in the afternoon, and the crowd is already pretty dense at the Place de l’Université in Strasbourg. This is where over 15,000 people gathered to launch the 20th edition of the Pride Parade, organized by the Vestigay collective.
Amid multicolored flags, flower necklaces and whimsical outfits, black silhouette Tillian, 23. “This walk is to celebrate our identities and to show ourselves. We give each other strength. To continue to fight for our rights because we have gained so much in the past 30 years, but the basics are still not acceptable. It’s a constant battle, we keep fighting a little bit every day.”
Tall, majestic, with a deep voice but a laughing look edged in pink and blue, framed by two large round earrings, Tillian identifies himself as a non-binary person. “For me, it’s about destroying gender norms and refusing to be barred from wearing certain clothes, makeup, or any form of femininity. Since the 60s and 70s, women can wear pants, refuse to put on makeup, and this is well visible because it is a form of masculinity and masculinity. But femininity for a man, fragility, the ability to be vulnerable is unacceptable. That’s what needs to be changed, and that’s what I stand for with my gender identity and the way I dress.”
Femininity for a man, fragility, the ability to be vulnerable is unacceptable.
Amid the music and slogans, a message written in black on a banner: “No Pride Without Sodomy.” “It doesn’t mean pride without racist gay people”, Explains the young black man with red hair, golden skin, and white eyes. “For me, it is very important to get this message of diversity across. People forget that it all started with a black woman who influenced the dating and fashion world. ” Marsha B. Johnson, Stormy DellAvery, and Sylvia Rivera: These are actually three black women, who started their first pride in the United States, after the Stonewall riots in the United States in 1969.
“It’s important to remember your roots,” He claims to love the sky. At the age of twenty-two, a makeup artist, who defines himself as a multidisciplinary artist (poet, singer, painter) identifies himself as a gender fluid. “I kind of navigate the gender spectrum between neutral and masculine. Today I may feel neutral, tomorrow I may feel more manly. Sometimes people suffer from that. Even my loved ones around me, I see, find it difficult to understand this fluidity. There are still efforts to be made, We must not be content with the bare minimum and that is why pride is so important.
Today I feel neutral, tomorrow I feel more manly.
With the LGBTQUI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and bisexual) movement, the issue of gender identity is at the heart of Pride’s concerns. A new battle led by a new generation. Rhino, 52, saw concerns changed by the blue sequins on the face, and swim trunks adapting to the scorching temperatures. “I’m gay, a guy who loves men. We talk a lot about gender theory at the moment. I don’t necessarily recognize myself in this fight, but I support them, society should evolve. I don’t like it either. Too many letters and symbols. I’d like us to be each individual.” and that the best definition of a person is himself.”
Renault created Festibad, a badminton club, “friendly to gays, lesbians and heterosexuals”. “Twenty years ago, there was more discrimination, and less favoritism in sports clubs, in badminton in particular, and so people needed to find themselves in a club where they could be exactly who they were.”
Twenty years ago there was more discrimination, and appearance was less benevolent
Reno asserts that if there is still progress to be made, gay lives have improved dramatically. “I’ve been in the gay and lesbian community for 30 years. There was no pride like that with so many people around, it was smaller, and we were more likely to get hit when we got out. Me, I started my gay life during the AIDS years, so it was also very different …I will say that there is a certain freedom in morals which is back, right or wrong, but in any case, there is more recklessness 30 years ago, and that’s for sure.”
At the age of sixteen, Marie claims this neglect. Dyed blue hair, “Bravo Lesbian” sign in hand, the high school student proudly shows her sexual orientation, and not just during the pride. “I understood I was a lesbian in CM2 when I fell in love with my best friend. In high school, things are going well, there are always little notes, but I find them less and less.”
I understood that I was a lesbian in CM2 when I fell in love with my best friend.
If Mary finds her place, she wants to have the same rights as everyone else, starting with the right to have a child someday thanks to assisted medical reproduction. “I don’t understand that he hasn’t been accepted yet. To tell myself that if I wanted a child it would be complicated, more than a straight couple, I don’t find it natural. It is important that we all come together today, and we should be listened to as much as possible.”