- Title: Thousands join LGBT pride rally in Paris
- Date: 4th July 2020
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (JULY 4, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF MARCH IN PROGRESS RAINBOW FLAG FLYING FROM WINDOW VAIOURS OF PARTICIPANTS HITTING DRUMS MARCH IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (French) DRAG KING AND ILLUSTRATOR, WHO GAVE HER NAME AS SAINT EUGENE, SAYING: "Because of COVID, the normal pride parade had to be cancelled, but we managed to organise a Pride that is more political, a protest that is especially for this current climate, to continue on this journey." SIGN READING (English): "BLACK QUEER LIVES MATTER" PEOPLE HOLDING UP PLACARDS (SOUNDBITE) (French) TEACHER, AHMED MADKOURI, SAYING: "It's not just a month of pride, we have to fight every day, it's a battle every day, to get across a message around the world." MAN HOLDING FLAG MAN WEARING HIGH HEELS VARIOUS OF MARCH IN PROGRESS RAINBOW FLAG WRAPPED AROUND WOMEN CLAPPING PEOPLE JUMPING AND CLAPPING PEOPLE CHANTING FLOWERS / MARCH IN PROGRESS VARIOUS OF MARCH IN PROGRESS PEOPLE CLAPPING
- Embargoed: 18th July 2020 19:09
- Keywords: France LGBT gay pride
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE
- City: PARIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Living / Lifestyle,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001CLE7FIF
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- Story Text:A pared-down Pride march drew thousands of people to the streets of Paris on Saturday (July 4), with slogans demanding racial equality and protesting against police violence.
The French capital's official Pride parade was postponed to November because of the coronavirus epidemic, but organisers decided to hold a march they said should be more politically driven and support the "Black Lives Matter" movement.
"Because of COVID, the normal Pride parade had to be cancelled, but we managed to organise a Pride that is more political," a drag king and illustrator who gave her name as Saint Eugene.
Marchers, who chanted slogans such as "Everyone hates the police" and waves placards, made their way peacefully from the Pigalle neighbourhood to Place de la Republique on the city's Right Bank, many of them wearing face masks.
Some of them waved "Black Lives Matter" placards in support of demonstrations ignited by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.
More than 200 LGBT+ rights marches have been postponed or cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus, according to the European Pride Organisers Association, which estimates that up to 22 million people attend at least one Pride in Europe every year.
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