Lesbian and Gay Pride, 20 years of history!

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The LGP Montpellier was created in 1995.

It brings together, at the time, 5 associations and 14 institutions and its main activity is the organization of the Lesbian and Gay Pride.

In 1998, the LGP protests for the first time aside of the Pride, this time to support the PACS.

A year later, the LGP develops some new activities: debates, a cultural week (an artistic and activist event before the Pride), developing partnerships with LGBT associations and businesses. Starting from there the media are becoming more present during the Pride.

In 2001, the number of individual membership has increased significantly and, at the same time, the number of volunteers as well. More and more people give their time for the Pride, which helped to extend and expand the cultural week.

In 2008, the LGP did his first school-based interventions about HIV prevention and homophobia. Several events are organized for the world day of fight against AIDS and the World Day against Homophobia. Furthermore, the association rents a space where more and more people come.

That year, the Pride brings about 8,000 people.

In 2010, the LGP decides to buy a larger space, to accommodate the many visitors.

It organizes throughout the year, numerous debates and interventions in schools.

It is part of the Coordination Interpride France, participates in a training on hepatitis and HIV and validates a partnership with the Montpellier HSC (MHSC).

In 2014, the Pride turns 20-years-old and has between 25 and 30,000 participants, about twenty floats.

The LGP keeps developing its activities: permanence of associations, monthly legal councel, rapid screening for HIV, theater division, intergenerational pole. In addition, the room is opened from Monday to Friday, from 2pm to 6pm.

The LGP federates thirty associations and thirty shops.

The association also works internationally, it’s a member of the EPOA (European Pride Organizers Association) and Interpride World, and was elected to host conferences and annual general meetings of the EPOA and Interpride the World in 2016.

In 2015, the association celebrates its 20th anniversary. New local, national and international projects will emerge that will allow the association to take an important milestone in its history.