The Finnish Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, will become the official Helsinki Pride week patron in 2020 and 2021. The message was published by Yle, the national broadcasting company.
It will be the first time in Finnish history that the Prime Minister will be the patron of this event. According to Marin’s words, the LGBT flags will be raised on all flagstaffs near the Prime Minister’s office.
The Helsinki Pride event is the biggest in Finland for sexual and gender minority representatives. It is usually organized for summer, yet due to pandemic restrictions, the Pride will be held from September 7th to 13th this year.
The event’s roadmap includes lectures, plays and exhibitions. The culmination of Pride Week is a colorful rainbow parade with over 100 thousand people taking part in it every year.
Still, as mentioned above, the big parade was cancelled due to the situation with COVID-19. Event managers offer everyone the opportunity to participate in the parade online or march in small groups on Saturday, September 12.
In 2019, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland took part in Pride celebrations for the first time.