More than 100 Monaco representatives of Government, the Conseil National, business and the local community celebrated the second Monaco Pride event on Thursday June 1 at the Novotel Hotel. The first Monaco Pride was held in June 2022 at Stars’n’Bars.

Speakers included Gerald Mathieu, Director (CEO) of Barclays Private Bank Monaco, Hervé Aeschbach,  Coordinator Fight Aids Association and Guillaume Rapin, General Manager of Novotel Monaco and Annette Anderson.   Both Barclays and Novotel have dynamic programs  to encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace .

The speakers spoke of positive advances in Monaco for the LGTBQI+ community including the support of Princess Stephanie and her family for the Fight Aids Association.  Also cited was the participation of the ASM Football Club who have worn rainbow-decorated jerseys in recent years on the International Day Against Homophobia each May 17.

In 2022 the EUROPEAN COMMISSION AGAINST RACISM AND INTOLERANCE (ECRI) called on Monaco to examine and eliminate unjustified differences in rights between same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples. In April, the Commission held a round table in Monaco to discuss its recommendations with representatives of the Principality’s government and community.

All speakers were in agreement that diversity, inclusion and equal civil rights for all Monaco workers were indispensable elements for a growing economy and healthy community.

The PRIDE event is sponsored by Barclays Private Bank and the Fight Aids Association.  This year, during the month of June, the front façade of the Monaco bank will be illuminated in the colors of the rainbow in observance of Pride Month.

PHOTO: Attendees at the Pride event in Monaco