Australian-born Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has called for global LGBTIQ equality in a speech at the biennial mega-festival WorldPride in Copenhagen.
WorldPride is the largest annual gathering of LGBTIQ communities and promotes visibility and awareness of queer issues on a global scale. A different city hosts WorldPride every two years.
The 11-day Copenhagen 2021 event officially began last Thursday, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Princess Mary is patron of WorldPride Copenhagen 2021, the first royal to take on such a role in a major LGBTIQ event.
The Danish royal delivered an opening address on Monday at a Human Rights Forum held for WorldPride.
“This conference is about preventing persecution against people for what they believe in, for their ethnicity, or for whom they love,” she explained.
Princess Mary told the conference human rights apply to all people, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. She said “everyone has the right to be who they are.”
“There are far too many LGBTI+ people who are still victims of hatred, violence and discrimination, bullying and ill treatment,” she said.
“We can not and will not accept that.”
She added, “Love in all its forms gives us meaning in life. Love is fundamental to human rights.”
Princess Mary is also getting involved in a number of events on this year’s WorldPride calendar, organisers said.
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Each WorldPride includes opening and closing ceremonies, major Pride marches and a human rights conference, as well as numerous arts and culture events.
For 2021, Denmark and Sweden united to spread the event between their respective cities Copenhagen and Malmö.
LGBTIQ sporting event EuroGames is also on at the same time, welcoming 2,000 athletes playing 22 sports.
The four-day EuroGames will officially kick off with the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday (August 18).
On Saturday, August 21, six WorldPride Marches will begin all around Copenhagen and converge on the festival’s Closing Ceremony event.
It will be the first time ever WorldPride has come to the Southern Hemisphere and the Asia-Pacific region.
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