It's that time of the year again! Everyone's dressed in colorful outfits, bringing out their most brilliant dyes, and the bridges of Tyria are quaking in anticipation. It's happening!
Tyria Pride is an in-game march through Tyria, aimed at showing support for our LGBTQ+ friends & guildies, and raising funds for Rainbow Railroad, a non-profit organisation that helps LGBTQ individuals escape persecution and violence!
Just like the years before, both NA & EU will be travelling on the same routes on the same day!
Citizens of Tyria!
You are invited to join us in celebrating Tyria Pride 2019 this June 22nd and 23rd, at 16:00 CEST on EU and 4 PM EDT on NA on both days!
We march primarily to show our support for gender and sexual minority players, some of which have found Guild Wars 2 to be one of a few safe places to simply be themselves and get away from the hardships they face in the outside world.
In other words, we march to spread the message of positivity, acceptance and love!
Allies and proponents of equality for all are especially welcome to attend, as are those who are members of LGBTQIA+ communities!
In addition to having fun in-game, we also want to make a positive impact in the world by supporting a fundraiser! For the second year in a row, we are teaming up with Gamers Giving Back, who is leading the organisation on the NA side, and together we are raising funds for Rainbow Railroad, a charity focused on providing support to LGBTQ individuals seeking a safe haven from countries where their lives are at risk for simply being who they are.
The events start at 16:00 CEST [EU] / 4 PM [NA], but you can also hop in early ^^
Commanders & organizers will begin gathering at 3 PM CEST / EDT, so you should already be able to reach us one hour in advance. You can contact us in-game, or join us on TeamSpeak (ts.theopencommunity.org [EU] / solts.org, PW: franticzebra [NA])
- Day 1: Ebonhawke! If you don't have explored yet, do not worry! You can reach Ebonhawke through a portal in Divinity's Reach, so we will also have a commander showing people the way through DR if needed.
- Day 2: Lion's Arch!
There will be LFGs, and you can also squadjoin directly on the organisers.
We will also be using TeamSpeak to taxi people onto the same map via squadjoins. If you don't wish to join us on TeamSpeak, you can whisper one of the people on the contact list below and they'll help you join the correct map in-game.
You don't need a microphone to join Teamspeak, and you don't need to speak, so feel free to join even if you're feeling shy ^^
- EU: ts.theopencommunity.org, no password
- NA: solts.org, PW: franticzebra
You don't have to bring anything! But, party boxes, kites, transformations, fireworks, and other fun things of all kinds are of course welcome! If you wish to dye your armor in the traditional pride flag colours, that's also a fun way to express support!
But wait! We're not just talking the talk, we're also walking the walk, and we want to create actual change and improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people worldwide, so we are running a fundraiser for Rainbow Railroad, an organisation focused on helping LGBTQ+ individuals escape persecution and violence. You can find the fundraiser at justgiving.com/tyria-pride-2019.
Spread the word! Tell your friends and guildies! For easy sharing of information, you can share this promo image!
You can also support the event in-game - we're doing a bunch of pre-events and giveaways this year, to encourage people to donate to the charity fundraiser. If you want to help us give out better prizes, you can donate in-game! If you can spare anything, even just a couple ectos, it'll really help! Please send your donations to Lelling.6795 with the subject "Tyria Pride Donation"!
- Lelling.6795 [EU]
- AngelWriter.3652 [NA]
If you would like to help organize this event, please let me know by contacting me in-game, on the forums, or by replying to this thread!
Please be aware that we are marching in the name of unity and acceptance. Any attacks or discrimination against anyone, whether based on religion, sexuality, race, specific minorities, ethnic groups, religions, etc. are not welcome at this event.