Helsinki Pride Week begins, with PM Sanna Marin as patron

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09/07/2020

Helsinki Pride Week gets underway on Monday, postponed from its usual June date due to the coronavirus situation at that time. Prime Minister Sanna Marin (SDP) is the patron of this year’s events, the first time a PM has taken that role, with activities organised mainly online or outside to allow as many people to participate as possible, while still maintaining good social distancing practices. “The government is committed to promoting the implementation of human rights in Finland. Both the standing and rights of sexual and gender minorities will be strengthened in the areas of legislation and service provision” says Marin in a statement. “We will renew the trans law to comply with gender self-determination and improve the standing of intersex children. We will also widely amend legislation and structures to support equality and non-discrimination. Everyone has the right to a good, dignified life” she adds. The Executive Director of Helsinki Pride Aaro Horsma says Marin is a “role model for many of us because of her background as well as her strong and empathetic leadership.” The Prime Minister has spoken about growing up in a ‘rainbow household’ where her mother had a same-sex partner.

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