Bulgarians Acclaim Peaceful Sofia Gay Pride 2012

Society | June 30, 2012, Saturday // 19:04| Views: | Comments: 5
Bulgaria: Bulgarians Acclaim Peaceful Sofia Gay Pride 2012 Members of the LGBT community and supportive heterosexual Bulgarian citizens marched Saturday on the Sofia Gay Pride 2012. Photo by BGNES

Over 2,000 people gathered for the 5th annual Sofia Gay Pride, which is taking place in the Bulgarian capital Saturday.

LGBT people, as well as heterosexual citizens, joined the event to express their desire for equal rights to all, and to protest against continuing discrimination against people of differing sexual orientations in Bulgaria.

The rally, which includes a march through central Sofia, and a concert later Saturady evening, is going on without any conflicts or violence.

In previous editions of the Sofia Gay Pride, far-right extremists have attempted to attack the rally, provoking minor clashes with the police.

Saturday Gay Pride ralliers peacefully marched along Vasil Levski, Dondukov and Tsar Osvoboditel Blvds in Sofia, escorted by the police.

Chance passers-by smiled and waved hands at the marching people, who were carrying the traditional rainbow flag, reports the Focus Information Agency.

Public figures, such as MPs from various parties and UK and US ambassadors Jonathan Allen and James Warlick are also present at the march.

A number of other foreign embassies, as well as 134 MEPs have sent official letters of support for the Gay Pride.

"We're here to show that we are proud of who we are and that we are not afraid," was the message of many ralliers, according to BGNES.

In a sorry event Saturday morning, some 200 citizens, assembled by 5 far-right nationalist parties, marched in a counter-rally in Sofia, raising a number of homophobic slogans.

The 5th annual Sofia Gay Pride continues with a concert in the park of the Soviet Army monument, featuring Maria Ilieva, Sofi Marinova, Voice of Boys, and other Bulgarian performers.

You can watch the rally live from the official website of the event HERE.

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Gleeky - 2 Jul 2012 // 20:36:09

There is really no excuse for attacking anyone for no other reason than their appearance or who/what they choose to have sex with.

On the other side of the coin, I lived for some years in London near a large park bordered by a mainline railway. Many residents were horrified and annoyed to have to keep their kids away from balconies and windows due to the activities of the people who chose to have alfresco homosexual sex in full view of them and passengers on the trains. It got so bad that there had to be police helicopter and dog patrols to try to curb the activity.

Just what there is to be "proud" of in such displays of outrageous behaviour rather escapes me, I'm afraid - and I'm rather unlikely to be attending any marches in support of people's "right" to carry on in this way....

Rhaego - 2 Jul 2012 // 20:05:16

"On 01.10.2008, the 25-year-old Mihail Stoyanov was found beaten to death by two alleged skinheads for „looking like being a gay“. The two prepatrators were said to be a part of a group aiming to „clear“ one of Sofia’s largest parks of gay people. The police announced officially that it solved the case in 2010 but no information about a sentence is available by the end of 2011. During the investigation several other incidents of aggression against „gay-like“ people in that park were reported.
The incident provoked protests in Sofia against the stereotypes in the Bulgarian society and the manifestation of hate against LGBT people. The protesters called for strict prosecution of such crimes."

Nellieherself - 2 Jul 2012 // 07:18:59

"I don't care what people do in the privacy of their own homes as long as they don't expect me to join in, don't do it "devant les domestiques" and don't scare the horses."

Excellently well said. I don't see what gays have to be proud of.

Gleeky - 1 Jul 2012 // 21:44:46


I kind-of agree with you, in that I don't care what people do in the privacy of their own homes as long as they don't expect me to join in, don't do it "devant les domestiques" and don't scare the horses.

However, I just don't get why they feel the need to be "proud" of doing whatever they do or why they feel the rest of us need to have our faces rubbed in it in the interests of "equality" by people marching about the streets...and who gave them permission to steal the word "gay"?

sa-sha - 1 Jul 2012 // 16:26:54

Dear Novinite, please, can't You precise, how many Bulgarians "acclaim" that "event", which has-in my opinion-as much in common with the "fight for equal rights" as, say, my personal "fight for equal rights for all Marsians on Mars"? All these Pride Parades are nothing else but the Public Demonstration of Sexual Preferences and it is for me-I speak for myself only-as well worthless and detestable as, for example, "making love" on children' eyes.(Btw,UK+US ambassadors "presence at that march" speaks a lot for me ;-)...So, I consider such "Parades" as the insult of the Public Moral.The majority of people may not share my opinion. It is normal. Abnormal is not to conduct the Referendum for finding people's opinion. Think that its possiblle results will allow You, Dear Novinite, to inform us that, say,80% of Bulgarians "acclaim Pride Parades"...And it will be the instructive news for, say, Russia, where even more than 80% are against such " Prides".... http://video.mail.ru/mail/atolich2/172/147.html

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