The 2017 World Pride festival was hosted by the city of Madrid and we were honoured to be invited by the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (www.iglta.org) to participate in various events as their guests, with all accommodation very kindly provided by our friends at misterb&b (www.misterbandb.com).
On Thursday 29th June, we were invited to the home of the Belgian ambassador to Spain for the announcement of Brussels’ candidacy to host EuroPride 2020 and the IGLTA conference 2020 by the Belgian Ambassador and the Belgian Secretary of State for Equal Opportunities.
On Friday 30th June, the IGLTA & Ontario Tourism co-hosted an official event at Cardamomo to promote the 2018 IGLTA Global Convention in Toronto, Canada. We were honoured to be invited to share our message and story as guest speakers. Both Lucas Etienne and Angus Malcolm gave speeches to an appreciative audience of professionals from the tourism industry about the importance of a more inclusive world and the role that allies can play in that – not just in sport but in tourism, too.
At the end of our speech, we issued a challenge to Ontario Tourism! They have accepted, so watch this space. All we’ll say right now is that there’s a certain Canadian we think would look great in a Warwick Rowers onesie…
On Saturday 1st July, it was the World Pride Parade. One of the largest LGBT+ events ever organised with almost 4 million people watching and taking part in the parade. After last year’s success for London Pride Parade, a few of the guys were waving the Sport Allies flags on the New York City float along the music of DJ Hector Fonseca. What an amazing way to end World Pride for us!