Tuesday August 03, 2021

Helsinki hoists flag for equality as Pride Week begins

Published : 29 Jun 2021, 03:51

  DF Report

Photo: City of Helsinki.

Helsinki Pride Week, Finland's largest human rights and cultural event has begun on Monday, said the City of Helsinki in a press release.

The City of Helsinki is the main partner of Helsinki Pride Week. City Hall will serve as Pride House – the main venue for Helsinki Pride Week. A staunch proponent of equality and non-discrimination, Helsinki has applied for the Rainbow Cities network.

Progressive Pride flags were fluttered on the flagpoles of City Hall. The purpose of the flag is to highlight LHBTIQ people and minorities within minorities.

Alongside the familiar horizontal stripes, the flag features black, brown, light blue, pink and white colours. Helsinki was the first public body in Finland to introduce the progressive flag last year.

The city will also fly traditional Pride flags at its other offices, such as the Swimming Stadium, Pirkkola Sports Park and Vanhankaupunginkoski fishing information.

Helsinki has decided to join the Rainbow Cities network. The international network of cities addresses themes related to sexual and gender minorities and promotes LHBTIQ rights at the local level. The City Board in early June decided to join the network.

Equality and non-discrimination is being celebrated all over the city online.

Various discussions and encounters will be held at City Hall’s Pride House.

Also on display will be Aleksandra Lemke's photo exhibition Meistä- About Us, which features rainbow people belonging to indigenous peoples and ethnic or religious minorities living in Finland.