Early 2020 AD. Danny and I embark on a 21st century Odyssey. On the Majestic Princess from Sydney to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. Back to Sydney, then to Melbourne and flying back home.
Safety first. After postponement from May to August, The Belgian Pride has now decided to cancel the parade. Coronavirus countermeasures make it impossible. “There are just too many uncertainties.”
ILGA-Europe, Europe‘s umbrella for LGBTQI umbrella organisations, publishes each year its Rainbow Map and Rainbow Index ranking 49 European countries. 2020 is doomed to be coupled to the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, which also influences the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people.
Antwerp Pride had to cancel the large gatherings for the 2020 edition due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. No parade, no music festival.
“With a lot of pain in our hearts we have to inform you that, as a consequence of the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, we are cancelling this year’s cruise”, La Démence says in a communiqué.
Zsolt Erdei, CEO of Humen Travel in Budapest, Hungary is interested in knowing the travel plans of LGBTQ people after the strict coronavirus countermeasures are being softened.
In the light of the newly announced government measures against coronavirus COVID-19, Antwerp Pride cancels all major events that it organizes. This specifically concerns the Antwerp Pride Parade, the Love United Festival on Saturday 8 August and the Closing Festival on Sunday 9 August.
The National Security Council of Belgium has decided it won’t allow mass events such as music festivals until the 31st of August. Meanwhile, current restrictions are prolonged until the 3rd of May.
Minister of the Interior Pieter De Crem (CD&V) would rather have Tomorrowland in Boom and Rock Werchter in Rotselaar near Leuven cancelled. The risk, in coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, is too big.
When the Darklands crew decided on ‘water‘ as the theme for 2021 and the video editor made the trailer, no-one imagined how disruptive coronavirus COVID-19 would be.