Alpbach Pride Demozug

ALPBACH PRIDE 2021

#QueeropeanForumAlpbach

Whilst this year's European Forum Alpbach (EFA21) ran under the title “The Great Transformation”,
on Sept. 2nd 2021, signs demanding for “The Great TRANSformation” and to “smash patriarchy, not the planet” were carried through the village of Alpbach by a young crowd of activists. Against the backdrop of anti-LGBTIQA+ policies within the EU and member states declaring themselves as partially “LGBT-free” Initiativgruppe Alpbach Wien called for a #QueeropeanForumAlpbach.

ALPBACH PRIDE 2021

#QueeropeanForumAlpbach

Whilst this year´s European Forum Alpbach (EFA21) ran under the title “The Great Transformation”, on Sept. 2nd 2021, signs demanding for “The Great TRANSformation” and to “smash patriarchy, not the planet” were carried through the village of Alpbach by a young crowd of activists. Against the backdrop of anti-LGBTIQA+ policies within the EU and member states declaring themselves as partially “LGBT-free” IG Vienna and Club Alpbach Tirol called for a #QueeropeanForumAlpbach.

Around 60 people gathered in front of the Conference Center Alpbach to march in pride, celebrate diversity, showing unity and solidarity and passing the mic' to those who might otherwise not have been given the stage at the EFA21. Thus, opening statements were not only given by the Austrian Federal Minister of Justice, Alma Zadić, but also by Jimmy Pin Chun Chen and Konstantin on the situation of LGBTIQA+ identified people in their home countries Taiwan and Russia, sharing their experiences there as well as here in the EU.

Marching through the streets, the Progress Pride Flag carried at the forefront of the parade was designed by the non-binary artist Daniel Quasar in 2018, incorporating the transgender flag into the existing rainbow flag, while black and brown stripes represent LGBTQ+ communities of color as well as “those living with AIDS, those no longer living, and the stigma surrounding them", thus, taking a stand for the awareness and inclusiveness of the movement.

The Pride Parade was a stark contrast to a seemingly conservative and rural Tyrolian village like Alpbach and made it clear that Pride is still first and foremost a protest for LGBTQIA+ rights. Even though the demonstration was a highly visible and colorful activist intervention during the last days of EFA21, it was not a contradiction to the values the forum conveys: to be open-minded, to defend the core values of our society for equality and to show solidarity with those who are facing discrimination. (lw)

In this spirit: Let's march in pride and let's march again!

Text by Laura Widerhofer, IG Wien scholarship holder 2020/2021. 
All pictures ©  Tobias Neugebauer, Forum Alpbach Network // Club Alpbach Salzburg. 

 

Around 60 people gathered in front of the Conference Center Alpbach to march in pride, celebrate diversity, showing unity and solidarity and passing the mic' to those who might otherwise not have been given the stage at the EFA21. Thus, opening statements were not only given by the Austrian Federal Minister of Justice, Alma Zadić, but also by Jimmy Pin Chun Chen and Konstantin on the situation of LGBTIQA+ identified people in their home countries Taiwan and Russia, sharing their experiences there as well as here in the EU.
Marching through the streets, the Progress Pride Flag carried at the forefront of the parade was designed by the non-binary artist Daniel Quasar in 2018, incorporating the transgender flag into the existing rainbow flag, while black and brown stripes represent LGBTQ+ communities of color as well as “those living with AIDS, those no longer living, and the stigma surrounding them", thus, taking a stand for the awareness and inclusiveness of the movement.

The Pride Parade was a stark contrast to a seemingly conservative and rural Tyrolian village like Alpbach and made it clear that Pride is still first and foremost a protest for LGBTQIA+ rights. Even though the demonstration was a highly visible and colorful activist intervention during the last days of EFA2, it was not a contradiction to the values the forum conveys: to be open minded, to defend the core values of our society for equality and to show solidarity with those who are facing discrimination. 

In this spirit: Let's march in pride and let's march again!

All pictures ©  Tobias Neugebauer, Board Member Forum Alpbach Network // Club Alpbach Salzburg.