The 2011 Swiss Gay Pride to take place in Geneva

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Geneva Federation of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Associations is hosting the Eleventh Swiss Gay Pride Parade -for the first time in Geneva since 2004- on Saturday 2 July, 2011.

Marjorie Blanchet one of the organizers says that while the parade will have its usual flare of colors and characters, its main theme will be “less visual and more political; it will look for vindication” of the gay rights movement.

The slogan of the 2011 parade is, “We have equal duties, We want equal rights.”

According to organizers, around the world 76 nations still condemn homosexuality, seven of them do so with capital punishment.

Geneva was in 1997 the first canton to host a Pride Parade in French-speaking Switzerland and one of the first in the country to recognize same-sex partnerships.

The 2011 Swiss Gay Pride

A rally will take place at quai Wilson and Rue Gautier at 13:00
The parade will take place from 15:15 to 18:00
An ecumenical service will take place at the Temple de la Fusterie at 18:00
The Bastions Park will host a party from 15:00 to 23:00
The evening will close with a big fete at the Stade de Geneve from 22:00 to 05:00 of Sunday 3 July.

The parade will start at the Quai Wilson will continue through the Mont-Blanc bridge towards Place Longemalle. It will then go towards Rue de la Fontaine, Rue du Vieux-Collège, St-Ferdinand Hodler until the Bastions Park where it should arrive between 17:30 and 18:00.

Over 10,000 people attended the last parade in Geneva in 2004.

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