Pride Month is now well underway with events over the world bringing people together to have fun and celebrate LGBTQ identities and experiences. We’re excited about World Pride 2017 which runs from today (23rd June) until the 3rd July in Madrid. Sadly, we’re not going this year but Madrid’s one of our favourite cities and our resident data analyst, Elena hails from there and tells us:
“De Madrid al cielo” / “From Madrid to heaven” sums it all up : ) Madrid is a city full of excitement; beautiful architecture, long history and a huge variety of restaurants. Art lovers return to Madrid again and again, and party goers can enjoy the nightlife to the full here. Have a walk (or row in the lake!) in El Retiro, visit El Prado and the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, have some pata negra ham or cocido madrileño in El Barrio de Las Letras, go shopping around Fuencarral and Barrio de Salamanca, and get lost in La Latina for tapas. Give chocolate con churros a go for a hearty breakfast!”
What a city to be hosting World Pride 2017 this year! If you’re going along, here are some things you definitely shouldn’t miss:
Watch the local sport
On the 29th June at Calle Pelayo you’ll find the Carrera de Tacones. It’s too late to sign up to participate now, but don’t miss this opportunity to see the famous high heel race, now in its 20th year!
The Madrid council has set up a whole range of events that aim to showcase the diversity of the LGBT community. They’ll be paying special attention to sections of the community which are sometimes overlooked. The events will be taking place across the city - find the program here.
Madrid Pride has organised to let people of all nationalities and sexualities donate blood. If you’ve always wanted to give blood but you’re excluded from doing so in the UK, go along to one of their many collection points with your passport to make your donation.
Pride solidarity for Russia
Don’t forget that when you’re posting your photos to social media, if you tag them in central Moscow you’ll be contributing to a virtual Moscow Pride march in solidarity with LGBT people in Russia and Chechnya.
Tips to keep yourself fresh for the party
If you’re a man who has sex with men, or if you think you might be high risk for Hepatitis A, read our blog on how to protect yourself from Hepatitis A infection.
Planning on wearing fabulous footwear to the parade? take a pair of sensible shoes in your bag - the dancing might take its toll!
Carry sun cream! It’ll get hot hot hot at Madrid Pride this year, and did you know sunlight reflects off sequins?
Thinking you might get lucky during the festivities? Our guide to great holiday sex features tips on how to have fun and stay safe
If you're not lucky enough to be in Madrid this week you can find your nearest Pride parade here. Remember that Pride is about celebrating and giving a platform to marginalised communities, so if you're at an event celebrating as an ally, by all means have fun, but don't forget you're there to bask in their glory, not steal the show.