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‘Rainbow Pride’ Gay Rights March in BA tomorrow

Rainbow Pride (c) The Daily

This Saturday 4 June thousands of gays and gay rights supporters will take to the streets of Bratislava for the second Rainbow Pride march to raise public awareness of how the LGBT community is discriminated against.

Anti-gay feelings still strong in Slovakia (c) The Daily

If last year’s event is anything to go by, the event will not go without its fair share of controversy and counter demonstrations. The police were out in force last year, and this year they are taking special precautions once again to prevent any attacks from homophobic extremists on the peaceful march, with hundreds of officers ready to intervene.

Last year there were a few clashes with the police, who eventually took 29 of the counter demonstrators in for question, and the actual march had to be redirected last year for fear of trouble.

Strong police presence at Rainbow Pride 2010 (c) TheDaily.sk

This year the event has received the official support of around 20 ambassadors to Slovakia, who all lent their signatures to a common statement yesterday expressing their backing for the gay rights movement. The statement reads: “We, as members of the international community, stand both literally and figuratively with parade participants as they peacefully assemble to stand up for their human rights, and raise awareness of the LGBT community in Slovakia”.

Rainbow over the Danube (c) The Daily

The statement goes on to say how everyone should be free to enjoy the rights afforded under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and that the ambassadors “salute the efforts of the Slovak authorities” in protecting LGBT right.

Many would argue that very little is being done by “Slovak authorities” in this respect, though, as the governing coalition was not even able to issue a declaration condemning persecution of gays throughout the world, thanks to the stance of the Christian democrats KDH, who refused to support the declaration and also recently rejected the establishment of a section in the Human Rights Committee dealing with gay rights.

Deputy PM for Human Rights and Minorities, Rudolf Chmel from the Most-Hid party, issued a statement in which he says “I believe that the day will come when our society legally acknowledges that homosexual couples are capable of establishing long-lasting partnerships just like heterosexual couples, and that they deserve not only equal rights, but also equal social respect”.

The Rainbow Pride march has been preceded by a host of accompanying events it looks set to be as colourful and entertaining as it was last year. There will be speeches by various public figures and concerts by well-know Slovak and Czech artists. The official start of the event on Hviezdoslavovo namestie at 1 pm. A full schedule can be found here.

 

 

 

4 Comments for “‘Rainbow Pride’ Gay Rights March in BA tomorrow”

  1. George M

    No one could ever describe the Bible as any kind of good guide compass of how humans should try to live . The word Priest come to mind . Too much writing about sex, drugs and rock & roll to be anything other than a Hans Christian Anderson tale of fairy stories , with moral indignation thrown in as a tasty sub plot .

    As for the US Military and staffing, well perhaps ‘serving your country ‘ as some sort of rha rha badge and flag waving is growing a bit thin, as a macho thing to do in 2011. Also as the the 3 billion a year budgeted US Army always seems to have its collective ass whipped , by a bunch of fanatical rag heads may just be another .

  2. George M

    No one could ever describe the Bible as any kind of good guide compass of how humans should try to live . The word Priest come to mind . Too much writing about sex, drugs and rock & roll to be anything other than a Hans Christian Anderson tale of fairy stories , with moral indignation thrown in as a tasty sub plot .

    As for the US Military and staffing, well perhaps ‘serving your country ‘ as some sort of rha rha badge and flag wearing , is going a bit thin as a macho thing to do in 2011. Also as the the 3 billion a year budget US Army always seems to have its collective ass whipped , by a bunch of fanatical rag heads may just be another .

  3. DavidM

    The Bible refers to these humans as Sodomites. This type of activity undermines and weakens the morality of a country. The U.S.A. is having trouble keeping its military staffed with heterosexual men, thus the acceptance of homosexuals and women to fill the void. Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. — Leviticus 18:22

  4. George M

    Yes right ……….everyone supports them, but what Ambassadors or political figures will bother to attend ? Even SaS’s liberal Mr Sulik, has suddenly found some urgent need to have his toe nails cut on Saturday .

    Apart from the Tattooed Skin Heads( most of whom appear to be off duty policeman ) and who are almost mandatory at events like this, there will of course be ‘The Family’ parade, baring at the front, a huge crucifixion cross and supported by the RC church and the members of the KDH party . I would have far more time for this gaggle of Catholic hypocrites, if this group carried a moral protest against their own Priests. Challenging the RC church to clean their own house, of all those perverts in the RC church who practice child molesting .

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