First Pride Celebration In Monaco

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

First Pride Celebration In Monaco

Photo: Frederic Nebinger

Pride month was celebrated for the first time in Monaco on Thursday, June 2, thanks to Barclays Private Bank teaming up with Fight Aids Monaco and Stars’n’Bars.

The unprecedented cocktail party at Stardeck drew a lively crowd of around 80 people who united in support of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Special guests included Princess Stephanie, president of Fight Aids Monaco, and her youngest daughter Camille Gottlieb.

Since 2004, Fight Aids Monaco has been supporting those living with HIV, acknowledging each person’s sexual orientation and gender identity. The non-profit condemns any kind of inequality, discrimination or violence against any person, including those identifying as LGBTQIA+ and believes that defending this principle “should be everybody’s concern.”

A conviction shared with Barclays Private Bank, which has long shown its commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community. “Barclays understands that sexual orientation and gender identity are but a part of people’s identity and wants them to feel accepted in every way,” the bank said in a statement. “Through initiatives, activities and networking for its employees, Barclays stands out and has already received nominations from organizations such as Stonewall and the Human Right Campaign.”

At Stars’n’Bars, the motto is “Do what you love, love what you do. Make a difference” but there can be no difference in how they view their fellow residents of this planet.

“Let’s be proud to coexist in diversity and state loudly that the freedom to be and love applies to all,” expressed the co-organizers of last night’s Pride event.

In 2020, Monaco ranked 45th out of 49 European countries on LGBT+ equality by ILGA-Europe. ILGA-Europe explained the score: “Although Monaco has legislation guaranteeing a civil society space for LGBTI people, there is no constitutional limitations on marriage, the law on hate speech covers sexual orientation and that from next month (June 27, 2020) same-sex couples will be able to benefit from cohabitation rights, it is necessary and desirable to take more legal measures to guarantee equality and non-discrimination of LGBTI people.”

It added that in Monaco homosexual couples do not have the right to adopt or have access to IVF, and that discrimination based on sexual orientation is not protected by the Constitution.

Since June 27, 2020, the country has allowed same-sex couples to sign a cohabitation agreement (contrat de vie commune), but the law considers same-sex couples living together on par with siblings for inheritance taxes and they are not eligible for the same legal protection (healthcare, retirement) available to married couples of the opposite sex.

When Switzerland legalized same-sex marriage in 2021, one of the last Western European nations to do so, lawmakers in the neighboring microstate of Liechtenstein two days later voted in almost unanimously in support for same-sex marriage during a parliamentary session. Liechtenstein’s first Pride will take place on June 11.

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Nancy Heslin   Forbes Monaco

Nancy Heslin is an established journalist and lifestyle writer. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Monaco magazine (bimonthly in English) , since the magazine's 2nd issue . Launched in November 2018, Forbes Monaco is part of the Forbes family, with its 7 million readers and 71 million monthly website visitors worldwide.