You don’t need to speak Czech to enjoy the Prague Pride festival. Whether you want to talk, watch, dance, or party, the colourful programme in English has everything. Here are 6 events from this year’s programme for which you definitely won’t need the Czech language.
Twenty-six-year-old Kai studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and he likes theatre, singing and playing the piano. In addition, he considers himself a non-binary lesbian and uses masculine pronouns. This means he had to come out on two levels. When Kai was thirteen, he fell in love with a girl for the first time.
Petr Kalla, 45, is a successful lawyer. He and his boyfriend are bringing up two children with a lesbian couple, he is a long-term member and colleague of Prague Pride and co-owner of Q Café. He came out at 25, after a seven-year relationship with a woman. He first learned he was HIV positive in 2005.
Fifteen-year-old Maku knew he wasn’t feeling good in a girl’s body from an early age. There’s one thing he can say for sure - he is not a girl and he doesn’t wish to be one. Nevertheless, everyone knows him as a girl and so they keep addressing him as such. However, Maku’s closest friends address him with masculine pronouns and some of them use neutral pronouns, with which he also sometimes identifies. Maku identifies as nonbinary and it was the theatre that made him first realize, that there is something different about him.
With hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube, under the nickname NotSoFunnyAny, this influencer dedicates herself to showcasing striking and eye-catching makeup. On her platforms, she creates a space for dialogue about social issues while encouraging young people to be themselves. For many, she is a virtual friend and perhaps that’s why she admires the work of the mentors at the online counselling service at Sbarvouven.cz. Anežka opened up about why she doesn’t like putting labels on people and why it is important to her to appear publicly as an LGBT+ ally.
It might sound surprising, but after having dealt with a year of the pandemic, the Prague Pride Festival is back and there is so much to look forward to! This year we will focus on the specifics of coming out and all of its angles through a variety of activities and events like talk shows, debates, concerts, queer art exhibitions, and picnics - all of that during a rainbow week from the 2nd to the 8th of August 2021.