Maria von Känel (she/her)

A photograph of Maria von Känel with her arms folded on a table

Maria von Känel (she/her) is a co-founder and General Manager of the Swiss Rainbow Families Association.

Out of her activism for LGBTI families she had the idea to create a special day to celebrate rainbow families all over the world. The International Family Equality Day (IFED) is an official LGBTIQ* awareness day which takes place every first Sunday in May since 2011. The Council of Europe recognises IFED as an important tool to combat homo- and transphobia and to promote a tolerant and cohesive society.

Maria is founder and board member of the Geneva based NGO “International Family Equality Day” (IFED). She was co-president of the campaign «equal marriage for all». On 26 September 2021, Switzerland approved marriage for same-sex couples. This political victory was entered into force in July 2022 but, for von Känel and the organisations she leads, there is much more to be done. 

Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.