Comic: Pride in Portugal



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Joana Estrela

I'm an illustrator and comics artist based in Porto. I've written a book about LGBT activism in Lithuania and currently work on books for children and zines for adults.

Joana has written 2 articles for us.


  1. Being portuguese as well, I could not click this article fast enough.
    I am now living outside the country, and therefore was not able to attend the pride parade, but I was glad to read that the number of participants is increasing :)

    really nice article! loved the “CHEGAY” x)

  2. Yay for queer Portuguese babes! Growing up in a Portuguese household in a Portuguese community in the U.S., for the longest time I had no idea that it was even possible for Portuguese people to be gay. I had to do some serious google searching to find even the slightest references to gay people in Portugal, which annoys me considering Portugal has some pretty progressive laws about LGBT people. As you can probably anticipate, I am extremely excited about this comic. Well done!

  3. Loved this! Would love to see more non-US contributions. I want to know about all the queer celebrations everywhere!

  4. Wow, finally a contribution about being queer in Europe that is written/drawn/etc BY an european queer person!

    Joana, I really liked your book and I love this comic as well. Thank you <3

  5. This was incredible! Such awesome drawings and loved hearing about your experiences! My girlfriend and I will be visiting Portugal, any lgbt places/bars/events you would recommend?

    Also is it acceptable to be out/show affection in much of Portugal outside of Lisbon?

    thanks, love this!

  6. I went to Porto for the first time this year and fell in love, have to go back sometime when Pride is on! I love your drawing style! <3

  7. I just moved to Lisbon 2 weeks ago! I lived in Portugal (Braga) for 6 months last year and I completely fell in love with the country! I’m a bit bummed to have missed pride -_-

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