On Saturday, July 23, over 150,000 people marched on the streets of Berlin for Pride. The capital city of Germany showed its support for the LGBTQIA+ community by draping the city in rainbow flags and promising to always be a safe haven for queer people, reports The Washington Post.
A SPEECH TO USHER IN ACCEPTANCE AND DIVERSITY
Berlin hosts Europe’s biggest Pride event and 2022 has seen the return of the march after cancellations and restrictions due to the pandemic. According to Metro, last year the event saw 65,000 people attend despite social distancing rules and a ban on alcohol. To see this attendance double in size is a hopeful sign for the LGBTQIA+ community.
The deputy mayor of Berlin Klaus Lederer delivered a speech on the day which promised to welcome diversity and queerness in the city. “For all the countries where being queer is still a punishable offence… Berlin must be a city of freedom,” he says.