Last weekend (23 Jun 2012) the Pink Singers were in Lisbon at the invitation of ILGA, Intervenção Lésbica, Gay, Bissexual e Transgénero, to march at the Marcha do Orgulho LGBT Lisboa and to sing with the ILGA choir, CoLeGaS, at the Festa Pré Arraial Pride 2012. For many of us it was the first time we had been to Portugal, and for some it was even our first Pride march. In many ways Portugal is much more progressive than the U.K. — same sex marriage was passed into law three years ago while we are only now debating it here — but we also learned first hand that society often lags behind. Unfortunately, the economic crisis has only delayed this change. For instance, the cost of living has meant that young people delay leaving the parental home which has implications for coming out.
Not only was the Pride march important for visibility, we had a wonderful time on it and are honoured to have lent our voices to the very pretty city of the seven hills. In this video you can catch us performing ‘Mas Que Nada’, a Brazilian Portuguese song originally made famous by Sergio Mendez, and get a snapshot of the march itself. Thank you Lisbon and thank you ILGA and CoLeGaS!