It’s almost a month when the Helsinki Pride actually happened at the end of the June so I make only a brief report.
On Tuesday my main activities were hostessing our DWC coffee evening. On Wednesday I was organizing the panel discussion about opportunities of the new equality legislation, concerning the trans people. The panelists were representatives of employer and employee organizations and ministry of the social and welfare issues. The trans issues are linked to equality legislation together with other gender equality issues so the rules and sanctions are harder compared for legislation for other minorities. However it wasn’t clear enough what is the right to express one’s gender identity at workplaces. The employers have a sight they have right to rule what is the descent way to dress for a man or a woman. To my point of view they should have the right to tell what is the descent way to dress but not who is the one who’s dressing like that.
The panelists with a leader Inkeri (on left)
Wednesday evening I went to “logdans“ at the Kaisaniemi pavilion restaurant. It is a traditional happening with old Finnish dance music and crowd of Pride people. Although the weather was rather chilly the dance hall was hot and it felt you could almost cut the air with the scissors. Anyway we had a wonderful time with some friends and later in the night I even danced when the air wasn’t so hot after many people had already left the place.
Two sweaty ladies at the logdans, me with Patricia
Thursday was for some rest. Friday afternoon we went to two picnics: The Finnish LGBTI-organisation Seta and the support center for the trans people. Both had an anniversary, Seta 40 years and support center 20 years. After trans picnic we still visited Patricia and Päivi and had a wonderful moment there with some other friends, too. While other still continued to ladies club we decided to go home to spare some energy for the next day…
At the trans picnic with Asta and Päivi
…and it was naturally the Pride train day!! I had promised to bring our banderol for a sign mark so we had to be in time at the plaza the train was starting.
Strating the train with Tea
In Finland we have a new law for citizen initiatives for a parliament. One of the most successive initiatives have been law for equal marriages. And it was just three days earlier a parliamentary committee ahd decided not to support the initiative. The reasons for that were apparently artificial and many people got very upset of the incident. So there was a huge rise of the number of the people in the train.
The park where the train ended was not so big so it was really crowded. Luckily the weather had turned sunny and warm again so it was a very enjoyable happening. I had made my specialty, mushroom pie for our picnic. However there were so much people we couldn’t see all our friends to share the pie. But no problem, I gave the rest to some German visitors who willingly ate it.
Mushroom pie with champagne with Kiira and Elise
The last Pride activity was the Mummolaakso (the valley fo eldery ladies) punch coffee ball - though I enjoyed it without coffee.