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Gothenburg is painting its trams in rainbow colors for Pride and we want a ride

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Gothenburg’s rainbow trams will parade across the city on 18 August. | Photo: Västtrafik/Gothenburg Pride

Gothenburg shares the honor to host EuroPride with Stockholm this year. For the annual event, the city has decided to celebrate the LGBTI community by painting its trams in rainbow colors.

Public transport company Västtrafik has invited young artists to repaint six of Gothenburg trams – one for each stripe of the rainbow flag. Different tram line numbers, going from the red #5 to the purple #8, represent the colors.

A tram for each color of the rainbow flag. | Photo: Västtrafik

The trams will go through Gothenburg on Pride day

The trams have been unveiled ahead of the parade and are part of a dedicated exhibition called Proud Trams. The whole rainbow train then will be going through the city during EuroPride, taking place on 18 August.

‘Public transport embodies diversity and equality. Everyone is welcome, no matter who you are, where you’re from, what you believe in or who you fall in love with’, said Lars Backström, CEO of Västtrafik.

‘With the art exhibition Proud Trams, we want to support the rights of the LGBTI community and at the same time celebrate Pride.’

What does Pride mean?

Artists at work ahead of the parade. | Photo: Västtrafik

Vasttrafik has asked six young LGBTI artists to explain what Pride means to them.

Ebba Chambert, Linnéa Teljas Puranen, Oscar Andersson, Nathalie Ruejas Jonson, Gustav Gigi Sandin, Linden Carter and Mira Cederwall Victorin all participate in the call for action.

To me, Pride is about everyone’s right to the city, to the public space,’ says Linnéa Teljas Puranen.

‘Pride means to me that I get to be my whole artistic, Latin American queer self,’ says Nathalie Ruejas Jonson.

‘[It] is a celebration for everyone who has been fighting for LGBTI rights and those who are still fighting today,’ says Oscar Andersson.

One of the rainbow trams in the making. | Photo: Västtrafik

Read more about Prides:

Here are 21 of the happiest EuroPride Stockholm pictures because we deserve nice things

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