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Pride Voices. Meet the personalities of the festival’s flagship

PRIDE VOICES will be for the 5th time in a row one of the most important events of the Prague Pride festival. It is the fifth edition, with five significant foreign personalities who are among the movers of the LGBTQ community (and beyond). Great life stories, precious experiences, and an inspirational talk show.

There are some changes in the this year’s Voices. For the first time we are meeting in the multi-genre space NoD. You can find it on Dlouha 33 in Prague 1. The admission fee is a rather symbolic 100 CzK, or 20 CzK per prestigious guest. We promise you won’t regret it.

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PHOTO: Ray Depatti

Loiza Lamers 

model, winner of the Top Model contest program
(Netherlands)

Some may be surprised by her winning the modeling competition because Loiza was born Lucas. Thanks to her understanding family she could start the transition in her early years. Before the contest she was unwilling to reveal the fact that she was transgender because she didn’t want that to influence in any way her participation. In the end she decided to come out live, on the show, after there had been outer hints at her gender nonconformity. Nowadays she doesn’t mind talking about it. “I actually want to talk about it, because I know there are many boys and girls who are dealing with these feelings, the same way I had, and they might find it difficult to talk about them. Or maybe there are parents who don’t know how to deal with it.”, she told the Viva magazine.



Jaro Viňarský 

dancer, choreographer, performer
(Slovakia)

Although he is a winner of the prestigious Bessie Award, he tries not to let this grow over his head. He won that “dancing Oscar” in 2013 for the BASTARD performance, of the trilogy The Painted Bird, but he thinks sometimes prizes can do harm. That happens when you take them too seriously. Vinarsky studied choreography in Prague and Bratislava and is the founder of the non-profit organization SKOK!, dedicated to the development of contemporary dance and physical theatre in Slovakia. The authenticity of the human body is fundamental in his work, as he told Aktuality.sk: “Take the cover pages of the magazines in which you can’t see anything real. Everything is make-up, cover, artistry. We are giving in to the ideologization of the body and everything connected or not connected with it”.

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PHOTO: archiv J. Viňarského
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PHOTO: Sandra Ardizzone

Corinne Rufli

historian, germanist, anthropologist
(Switzerland)

She became well-known especially in 2015, when her book came out. “Seit dieser Nacht war ich wie verzaubert” (`After that night I was spellbound`) tells 11 life stories of lesbians who are over 70. “I realized early on that those stories are so amazing they need to be told further. That they must reach the public, so that a lot of people can hear it”, Rufli in an interview with the Lesbischer Herbst initiative. The core of the book, which was surprisingly successful not only in Switzerland, but also in Germany and Austria, was a university work dedicated to the history of Swiss lesbians. Rufli wrote it at the Zurich university, during her studies. Nowadays she holds lectures at home and abroad and leads the culture magazine AAKU.

Philip Chripstopher Baldwin 

Active member of the Anglican church
(UK)

For a long time he thought of himself as an atheist or agnostic, but in the last few years Christianity has become an important part of his life. “The Christian faith inspires me to be more open and attentive to other people, but also to have a firmer attitude against the discrimination of LGBTQ people”. He authored the chapter “Christianity nourishes, comforts and empowers me” for a book called “The Power of My Faith”. He is also working on the semi-autobiographical book “Positive Damage”. When he was 24 he found out he was HIV-positive, but he hasn’t lost his optimism, and his joy for life. “I am satisfied, healthy and at the same time HIV-positive. When he is asked if the diagnosis played a role in finding faith, his answer is ‘yes’.

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PHOTO: Michael Chapman
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PHOTO: Markus Morianz

Gerry Keszler 

Founder of a ‘fight HIV’ ball
(Austria)

It has been 25 years since Gerry Keszler founded a charity ball in Vienna, the Life Ball. And that ball has not only survived, but has grown into one of the most significant events in the world in the fight against HIV. Its past editions were opened by Bill Clinton, Sharon Stone, or Elton John. “I was one of the first Austrians infected with AIDS”, he said at the opening of the 2015 edition of the ball in an emotional speech. Last year’s speech was more positive: “We have changed our sadness into power, our anger into courage and our hopelessness into love of life”. He has received many awards for his accomplishments, but he has also become the target of homophobic attacks from the far-right Austrian party FPÖ.

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