We all have an equal right to live and be seen – OYY supports Oulu Pride

Pride has been celebrated in different parts of Finland throughout the summer, and finally it’s time to celebrate in Oulu. Rainbow flags have been flapping all over Oulu, and Pride week is full of events for everyone, regardless of age, gender and sexual orientation. The culmination of the week is the Pride Procession on Saturday, after which people gather in a park celebration.

Although Pride appears to most as a colorful procession, its roots lie deeper in the protest movement. Pride is above all a movement with a purpose to remind that human rights belong to absolutely everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender. We all have an equal right to live and be seen.

Although the status of sexual and gender minorities has become better through the equal marriage act, we still have a lot to do in order to reach equality. The law concerning trans people is unfortunately still lagging behind even though its reform has been planned for a long time. The ongoing law reform is an improvement on the current one, but it does not take into account the rights of underage trans youth. In addition to this, the law reform does not recognize the diversity of genders, but ignores gender identities outside the binary. If the reform were to be extended to them as well, the current Equality Act should also be reconsidered.

In accordance with the values ​​of the student union, we are supporting Oulu Pride this year and participating in Pride week. We participated on Wednesday 3rd of August in the students’ rainbow picnic together with other student societies in Oulu. Additionally, we can be seen marching for equality in Saturday’s Pride procession. After the procession, we head to Hollihaka park for the park festival.

Since the world is not ready yet, we work for equality in our university community all year round. At the university, we advocate in several decision-making organs, such as the Equality and Diversity Committee, we offer trainings to student societies, and we help and advise students in harassment situations. In addition to these points, we also examine our own operations and strive to constantly be more inclusive.

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