Celebrating Diversity in Iceland
On August 9, 2008, SGI-Iceland participated in Reykjavík's annual gay pride parade, the main event held during Iceland's nationwide week of celebrating diversity. Some 40 SGI-Iceland members marched in the parade, together with six members from SGI-Europe's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Group, representing various European countries. The marchers wore handmade T-shirts decorated with "We Cherish Diversity" written in Icelandic.
Close to 100,000 people--one-third of Iceland's population and including many families and children--participated in or attended the parade itself, which has become Iceland's most well-attended family festival. The celebration of diversity is also a statement against all forms of prejudice. Iceland's national TV station aired on its evening news show an interview with SGI-Iceland young men's representative Haukur Guðmundsson who spoke about SGI and the members' participation in the parade.
[Adapted from an article in the October 2008 issue of the SGI Quarterly; photo courtesy of SGI-Iceland]