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World Pride 2023

13 Feb 2023

Pride is a global lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) event to celebrate and advocate for LGBTQ+ equality. Pride events began in 1970 to mark the riots which took 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.

World Pride is to be held in Sydney, Australia between 17 February to 5 March 2023. This is the first time a city in the southern hemisphere had been chosen to host this event.

In addition to World Pride, multiple Pride events are planned worldwide throughout 2023.

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:

  • check the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office foreign travel advice page for the country you are travelling to, for information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings. 
  • read the country specific advice for your planned destination(s) for information on advisable vaccinations, malaria and other health risks.  

Travel Insurance

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


Read the COVID-19: Health Considerations for Travel page for information on things you should consider both during and after travel in relation to COVID-19.

Mpox (Monkeypox)

Since May 2022 cases of mpox have been reported in the UK, Europe and other international countries. While mpox does not spread very easily between human beings, it can spread between people through close contact with an infected person with mpox from:

  • the touching of blisters or scabs and/or having any skin contact (including during sexual contact)
  • 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 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
  • touching the clothes, bedding or towels of a person who may have a mpox rash
  • coughs and sneezes from a person who may have mpox

Smallpox vaccination can help prevent mpox infection, and the NHS is offering smallpox vaccine to people at higher risk of coming into contact with mpox.  Further information on mpox, including the mpox vaccine is available from:

Other Health Considerations

If you are 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: