Taken in June 2018, the photo shows the Helsinki City Hall.

First City of Helsinki LGBTQ+ resident evening on 8 September

The city of Helsinki will hold its first ever evening for LGBTQ+ residents at the City Hall event space on 8 September 2020 from 6 pm to 7 pm.

You are warmly welcome to attend the event in person at the event space or virtually through Helsinki-kanava. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the number of participants has been limited to 40, and seats will be filled in order of registration. Click here to register.

The city of Helsinki will hold its first ever LGBTQ+ resident evening during Helsinki Pride week.
Mayor Jan Vapaavuori, Sanna Vesikansa, the deputy mayor for social services and health care, Nasima Razmyar, the deputy mayor for culture and leisure, Pia Pakarinen, the deputy mayor for education, and Anni Sinnemäki, the deputy mayor for urban environment, will attend the event.
The event will be hosted by Kelet Ali, a Finnish ballroom queen and the title character of biographical documentary Kelet.
You can submit questions online before the event.

All of the advance questions will be answered during the LGBTQ+ resident evening.
Attendees will also be able to pose more questions in person if there is enough time.

At the event, the mayor and deputy mayors will address the progress of the rights of sexual and gender minorities in the city’s operations. With the LGBTQ+ resident evening, the city aims to promote the involvement of sexual and gender minorities, as well as their opportunity to influence the city’s decision-making processes. Equality, non-discrimination and human rights are among the city’s key values that create a strong foundation for building the most functional city in the world.

“The evening for LGBTQ+ residents is one of the city’s many concrete actions to promote comprehensive equality and non-discrimination. The city is committed to ensure in its operations the human rights of all residents and to determinedly address any discrimination. All residents of Helsinki must feel that Helsinki is their city, and the evening for LGBTQ+ residents is a new initiative to achieve this goal”, explains Mayor Vapaavuori.

“The city of Helsinki determinedly promotes equality and non-discrimination. We want to be a trailblazer in the prevention of discrimination, both nationally and internationally. We also encourage other cities to arrange LGBTQ+ resident evenings to allow their residents who are members of sexual and gender minorities to share their views on the quality of services”, the mayor continues.

You can attend the LGBTQ+ resident evening in person or through Helsinki-kanava

The city of Helsinki evening for LGBTQ+ residents will take place at the City Hall event space (Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13) on Tuesday, 8 September 2020 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

You can attend the event live on the Helsinki-kanava or view a recording later.

Questions to the mayor and deputy mayors, as well as views on the evening’s themes, can be submitted until 10 am on 7 September 2020 by clicking here.

Video, First City of Helsinki LGBTQ+ resident evening (In Finnish)

Please use the hashtag #sateenkaariasukasilta on social media.

Please note that changes are possible due to the current COVID-19 situation.

Photo by Kimmo Brandt, Helsinki City Data Bank.

Published 1 September and updated 7 and 8 and 9 September.