Pride Life is honoured to be proud partners of WorldPride and EuroGames, UKPON (the UK Pride Organisers Network), EPOA (the European Pride Organisers Association), and IGLTA (the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association). We work together to amplify the voices and visibility of the LGBTQ+ community across the globe and to stand up for social equality and diversity worldwide.
Our mission is to stop “pink washing” and to support inclusion with genuine organisations and groups that want to promote best practice, inclusion and diversity both internally and externally.
WorldPride and EuroGames
Welcome to Copenhagen 2021, the most significant LGBTI+ event in 2021 combining WorldPride, EuroGames, an eclectic arts and culture program, and the biggest ever LGBTI+ human rights forum. And #YouAreIncluded!
For decades Denmark has been amongst the most progressive nations in the world for LGBTI+ equality. We decriminalised homosexuality in 1933. Gender confirmation surgery first took place here in 1951. We introduced anti-discrimination legislation in 1987 and two years later legalised same-sex partnerships. More recently, in 2014, we became the first country to allow a legal change of gender without requiring prior medical approval, and in 2017 were the first to remove being transgender from the list of mental illnesses. We know Denmark has further to go but equality and human rights are in our DNA.
Sweden is also known as one of the most progressive countries in the world for LGBTI+ rights. We decriminalised homosexuality in 1944. In 1972, Sweden became the first country in the world to legally allow sex reassignment surgery. Discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression became illegal in 1987. More recently, in 2013, the requirement of sterilisation to change one’s legal gender was abolished. What makes Sweden one of the most LGBTI-friendly countries is that people continue to press for further improvements in LGBTI+ equality.
Twenty-five years after the first Copenhagen Pride, we will host WorldPride to celebrate and advocate for LGBTI+ equality worldwide. We’ll bring as many as 750,000 people to Copenhagen and Malmö (in Sweden, just a 20 minute journey across the iconic Øresund Bridge) for two Parades, signature parties, and opening and closing ceremonies at Rådhuspladsen – where that first civil partnership was celebrated back in 1989.
Six thousand athletes will join us to participate in the biggest EuroGames ever, with tournaments taking place in 29 different sports. Tournaments are open to spectators, and visitors can also take part in the ‘Sports to the People’ program of ‘drop-in’ sports including Drag Olympics, roller-skating, bicycle workshops and rainbow family sports.
The Sports Leader Conference will empower LGBTI+ sports groups to foster more inclusivity, and the Sports Village at Islands Brygge will be an open space for people to meet, engage in street sports, celebrate achievements and watch on big screens.
Arts & Culture
Across both cities the Arts & Culture program will include more than 100 events and four spaces curated by our own team:
‘Fluids’ at Gammel Strand, a space for embracing the fluidity within gender identity, expression and sexuality
‘Arcadia’, a sensory recluse at Rådhushaven
‘Centre of Attention’ at Huset-KBH and Vandkunsten for under 18s
‘Rainbow Children’ at BLOX, a space for breaking the binary in the most playful way for children and their families.
Human Rights Forum
The Human Rights Forum includes an opening event at UN City, a three-day Human Rights Conference at Øksnehallen, a five-day public participation event based on the Danish ‘Folkemødet’, an Assembly for parliamentarians at Christiansborg Palace, and a Summit on Refugees, Borders and Immigration taking place in Malmö.
#YouAreIncluded … and invited!
Through these four pillars of our event we’ll show that no matter who you love or how you identify, #YouAreIncluded at Copenhagen 2021.
The UK & Pride Organisers Network (UKPON)
The UK & Pride Organisers Network (UKPON) formed to bring Pride organisers together to share knowledge and experiences, to support each other, and to encourage a diverse and vibrant Pride movement around the UK.
Founded in 2016, the Network is powered by volunteers with an elected Board, inspires an identity of Pride that continues to flourish, and offers resources and advocacy for Members.
All Pride organisations are eligible to be members. New Prides are invited to be a part of the Network and have the option to register as voting members. Currently there is no membership fee, all you have to do is complete our membership application form
UKPON is an Associate Member of the European Pride Organisers Association and InterPride, and a member of the LGBT Consortium and ILGA Europe.
If you are planning to organise a Pride event and would like more information about becoming a Member of UKPON, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us know what you’re planning – please send all press release information to email@example.com.
Membership of UKPON is available to any organisation that has produced a Pride event or plans to produce a Pride event in the UK within the previous or forthcoming calendar year and is open to anyone who is interested in furthering its purposes, and who, by accepting membership, has indicated its agreement to become a member and acceptance of the duty of members
The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA)
LGBTQ+ Travelers are Welcome Here.
IGLTA, the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association was founded in 1983 and is the world’s leading network of LGBTQ+-welcoming tourism businesses. We provide free travel resources and information while continuously working to promote equality and safety within LGBTQ+ tourism worldwide. IGLTA’s members include LGBTQ+-friendly accommodations, transport, destinations, service providers, Travel Advisors, tour operators, events and travel media located in over 75 countries.
The mission of IGLTA is to provide information and resources for LGBTQ+ travelers and expand LGBTQ+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact.
About EuroPride Valletta 2023
In 2020, Allied Rainbow Communities (ARC) won the bid to bring EuroPride to
Malta in 2023.
ARC is working together with the Maltese LGBTIQ+ community to make
EuroPride Valletta 2023 a place to celebrate! The ten-day event between 7 and
17 September 2023 will feature a wide variety of entertainment activities and
events, including a human rights conference, pride marches in Valletta and
Victoria (Gozo), concerts and themed parties under the slogan
The Maltese LGBTIQ+ community is part of the European LGBTIQ+ movement,
but we are also aware that neighbouring communities in North Africa and the
Middle East are still struggling with LGBTIQ+ human rights issues. As a top
performer in the ILGA Rainbow Index, we are committed to working towards full
equality in our country and surrounding communities.
About Allied Rainbow Communities (ARC)
ARC was founded in 2015 out of a need to create a sense of community. Malta
has come a long way in equality and civil liberties reforms, but we believe that
laws and human rights are only part of the equation. Our main areas of work
include: Pride, Communication, Community Engagement and Networking.
ARC’s mission is to reach out to all colours of our rainbow and beyond, while
encouraging further growth in our communities and creating opportunities to
give back to society. Our target audience are LGBTIQ+ people and allies in the
Maltese Islands. The aim of the organisation is to make the Maltese Islands a
highly attractive and vibrant destination for LGBTIQ+ people to visit, work and
Pride in London
Pride in London is a vibrant and dynamic organisation that relies on the passion and commitment of both staff and volunteers who share a common goal of advancing equality and diversity. As a non-profit organisation, any surplus funds we generate are reinvested back into the LGBT+ community, to support initiatives and campaigns that aim to promote greater inclusivity and acceptance.
We are proud to run the UK’s largest and most diverse Pride event, which provides a vital platform for all members of London’s LGBT+ communities, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, intersex, non-binary, asexual, polysexual, genderqueer, and gender variant. Our aim is to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and advocate for the freedoms that will enable everyone to live their lives on equal footing.
Through events such as Pride’s Got Talent, the annual Parade, or our amazing new Human Rights Forum, we provide a platform for LGBT+ people to express themselves creatively and celebrate their identity. Our events are designed to showcase the amazing diversity of our community and enable LGBT+ people to be visible and vocal about the progress we have made, the work still to be done, and the importance of continued advocacy.
At Pride in London, we believe that diversity and inclusivity are paramount. Our events are open to people of all races, faiths, abilities, sexualities, and genders, including straight and cis allies. We have a dedicated team of approximately 150 volunteers who work tirelessly to deliver a world-class Pride event. However, we are continually striving to increase our diversity, and we are especially eager to hear from people in the Black, Asian, Minority ethnic, Trans, Bi, Non-binary, and Queer communities. Gender equality is a core principle that guides everything we do.
Pride in London is our city’s volunteer-powered LGBT+ force that unites our voice, amplifies our diversity and protests against inequality.
What do we stand for – Our values
Our values, visibility, unity and equality underpin all of our work and reflect who we are as an organisation.
Maximise visibility of the city’s diverse LGBT+the queer/invisible/other
Encourage unity amongst the LGBT+ community by supporting its grassroots
Fight for the rights of LGBT+ individuals to be equal to the majority in every way