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International Pride Events 2024

09 May 2024

Pride is a global lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) event organised to celebrate and advocate for LGBTQ+ equality.

Pride events began in 1970 to mark the riots which had taken place in the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City, in June 1969, which was one of the most significant events leading to the modern gay rights movement.

Multiple Pride events are planned worldwide throughout 2024.

If you are planning on travelling abroad to attend an international Pride event, you need to be aware how to protect yourself against health risks.

Advice for travellers

If you are planning on travelling abroad to a Pride event, please ensure you:

Travel Insurance

Make sure you have valid travel insurance that covers all aspects of your planned trip.


Since 2022 cases of mpox have been reported in the UK, Europe and other international countries. Mpox has not gone away, and there may be an increase in cases this summer as more people start to travel and attend events and festivals in the UK or abroad. While mpox does not spread very easily between human beings, it through close contact of an uninfected person with an infected person with mpox, for example through:

  • having any skin contact (including during sexual contact) with a person who may have mpox, especially through the touching of blisters or scabs
  • touching clothes, bedding, towels or personal items that have been used by a person who has a mpox rash, blisters or scabs
  • coughs or sneezes from a person with mpox infection

If you are travelling to pride events this year, you can reduce your risk of exposure to mpox by:

  • avoiding close contact (including sexual contact) with someone who is unwell and may have mpox
  • avoiding touching the clothes, bedding or towels of a person who may have an mpox rash
  • avoiding coughs and sneezes from a person who may have mpox
  • practicing safer sex and using condoms

People who are most likely to be exposed to mpox may be offered a vaccine to reduce their risk of infection. Further information about the mpox vaccine and eligiblity is available for those living in:

Other Health Considerations

If you are planning on attending a Pride event, consider:

After Pride Events

After returning home from a pride event, remember to:

  • seek medical advice if you are experiencing any symptoms of infection or illness
  • seek sexual health advice and screening if you had unprotected sex with a new partner

Further information on accessing sexual health clinics see: