Milan celebrates gay pride

Rights for all and against discrimination.

A week of concerts, plays, shows and parties will culminate on 24 June with a colourful Milano Pride procession, crossing the city from Piazza Duca d’Aosta to Porta Venezia, starting at 14.30.

Gay writer and comedian Antonio Andrea Pinna chairs the festival, with TV personality Paola Barale as “madrina” and popular singer Alexia on stage when the parade arrives at its destination party in the multi-ethnic nightlife area of Porta Venezia.

As in previous years, however, Milano Pride extends way beyond the gay world to encompass prejudice, discrimination and exclusion of all kinds, and to call for the integration of those with any kind of disability. Meeting points will be set up for the disabled to take part in the parade and follow the speeches, including simultaneous translation into Italian sign language.

The streets around the Lazzaretto (Via Lecco, Via Castaldi and Largo Bellintani) have been transformed into Pride Square: a city “village”  with events and stands to spread the values of integration and dialogue.

Pride Square is staffed by volunteers from dozens of associations to explain through games, debates and events what is being done in and around Milan to combat discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.