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GayMat - Luxembourg's Christopher Street Day
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GayMat - Luxembourg's Christopher Street Day

12.07.2015 From our online archive
Luxembourg's LGBT community on Saturday celebrated the GayMat parade, the Grand Duchy's equivalent of Christopher Street Day.

(CS) Luxembourg's LGBT community on Saturday celebrated the GayMat parade, the Grand Duchy's equivalent of Christopher Street Day.

GayMat is a word play on the Luxembourgish phrase "géi mat", which roughly translates as "come with".

However, GayMat is more than just a parade as a week of events was hosted in the run-up to Saturday, shining a light on the struggles of the LGBT community, not just in Luxembourg but elsewhere in the world.

Thus, this year's motto for the annual event was "GayMat for #HumanRights". 

The programme included film screenings, exhibitions and a commemorative ceremony to remember the victims of Nazi persecution for their sexual orientation.

Despite the day's serious message, the parade was a colourful affair to which everyone, gay or straight, was invited to share a moment of solidarity but also have a good time.