activism, Finland, popular culture

Helsinki Pride 2018 (part 2)


Hi there and welcome to the second part of the Helsinki Pride 2018 posts! This is the end part of the story of what happened when we (as in the people in the seventh block of the parade) were able to finally get moving after waiting for a good while at the Senate Square.


The parade turning its way towards the ending point near the port of Helsinki; one of the oldest parks in HelsinkiĀ called Kaivopuisto (Brunnpark in Swedish). The direct translation would literally be the ‘Well Park’ though I ain’t and I’m not claiming to be a linguist here!


The advertisement posts in the public transportation stops were also tuned into the celebration. Above one of the loveliest hair styles of the day with the caption ‘celebration of joy’ in Finnish in the background.


The back of a lovely demonstrator with a sign saying ‘no one mustn’t be fucked cheap’, adhering to a Finnish proverb.


For even once one of the multiple flags photographed that day was in an optimal angle towards my camera! Yay!


The first glimpse to the park festivities in Kaivopuisto. A lot of rainbow colours and participants! Even the official news reports say that there were as many as 100 000 people who took part in the parade that day. And let me tell you that 100 K is a record-breaking number in a country which population is approximately 5,5 million!


If any of you readers have more inside knowledge of the meaning of this sign, I’d be interested in hearing about it.


Pride isn’t just a celebration for people belonging in the minorities; it is an open public event for everyone showing their support towards a diverse and tolerant society!


Me and my friend were trying to remember ourselves the exact meaning of the pastel flag pictured above. At home I double-checked it online and found it to be a Transgender Pride FlagĀ originally created by Monica Helms in 1999. Apparently the light blue represents the ones culturally marked as ‘boys’ and the light pink the ones marked as ‘girls’. The white colour in the middle represents people who are intersex, transitioning or with neutral or undefined gender. It is also an important notion that no matter which way the flag is, the pattern is always ‘correct’.

I also found a really good introduction into the history and meanings of the different flags that can be spotted in Pride (though unfortunately it is in Finnish only). As a person who has begun a journey of studying and exploring ‘her’ own identity, this case clearly highlighted that there is still so much to be learned and taken into account when striving for a better understanding of equal human rights for all. Who knows, maybe next year I have found a flag to match the identity I am feeling at that moment in time?


The view on top of the hill with the famous Observatory originally built in 1926. Most of the people were packed to spend their picnic near the stages and organization tents but for me exploring the edges of the area provided a much-needed break from the crowds.


I wanted to end these Pride 2018 posts with the picture above; capturing the sense of calmness I was able to get within me. After this experience I feel like the world, slowly but surely, is becoming a more tolerant place for all of us to live and thrive in.