150 Take Part in Bulgaria's First Gay Pride Parade in Sofia

Society | June 28, 2008, Saturday // 00:00
150 Take Part in Bulgaria??™s First Gay Pride Parade in Sofia: 150 Take Part in Bulgaria's First Gay Pride Parade in Sofia About 150 persons took part in Bulgaria's first gay pride parade in Sofia on Saturday. Photo by Nadya Kotseva (Sofia Photo Agency)

About 150 people participated Saturday afternoon in Bulgaria's first ever gay pride parade, which took place in the capital Sofia.

The official motto of the event organized the union of Bulgarian gay men and women "Gemini" was: "My Family - We Are Mothers and Daughters, Fathers and Sons, Brothers and Sisters".

The procession started at the Love Bridge behind the National Palace of Culture and proceeded down the Evlogi Georgiev, which is one of the most congested streets in downtown Sofia anyway, eventually its destination the Center for Culture and Debate known as the "Red House" located at 15 Lyuben Karavelov street.

The representatives of the Gemini Organization wore shirts saying "The Communists Kiss at Official Meetings". People with different sexual orientation also took part in the event with slogans stating: "Beware of whom you hate, it might be someone you love".

None of the participants really displayed their homosexual orientation in any aggressive way.

The some 150 participants were guarded by just as many - 150 - policemen with a number of armored police cars, who prevented successfully efforts to harass the people from the parade.

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