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Pride events in September

If it’s September, it must be time to travel south for Pride!

Sofia holds it main Pride event September 21, 2013, while Belgrade’s Pride Week runs September 20-28, with a parade still planned for the final day.

Montenegro will host Podgorica Pride on September 27, 2013.

And – if you’re planning ahead, ILGA Europe’s calendar mentions a “Sochi Gay Pride” just in time for the Winter Olympics!  No confirmation on that yet, but if it happens, it’s scheduled for Feb 7, 2014.

More info on Sofia Pride:

SOFIA – The sixth annual Sofia Pride LGBT parade will take place in the Bulgarian capital on September 21, it has been made clear.

The parade will start at 3:00 pm local time at the Nezavisimost (Independence) square in Sofia.

The upcoming Sofia Pride parade will demand justice for the murder of Mihail Stoyanov, a 25-year-old medical student who was beaten to death in one of Sofia‘s parks on September 30, 2008. The suspects, who claimed to be “cleansing the park of gays”, were charged with “homicide with hooligan motive” and placed under house arrest. They were released two years later.

The parade will also protest against Russia’s notorious “gay propaganda law.”

The participants in the parade are expected to join the now-traditional anti-graft rally demanding the resignation of the Bulgarian government on the evening of September 21, according to local media. This year’s Sofia Pride parade was initially scheduled for June 22 – but was postponed due to security concerns.

(Sofia News Agency, 17 Sep 2013)

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