Several hundred participants marched in a Sofia Pride march through Bulgaria’s capital Sofia today, after an earlier attempt to hold a Pride rally in June did not go ahead due to concerns about possible anti-LGBT violence.
According to Novinite.com, Sofia’s official news agency, the 6th annual Pride procession marched behind a large banner reading “To Russia With Love”, to show solidarity and protest against Russia’s recent package of anti-LGBT legislation. Sofia’s Pride also commemorated the death in 2008 of a young Bulgarian man killed in a gay bashing.
Today’s march was criticized by both the Orthodox Church.
According to PinkNews, last year’s Pride event was the center of controversy when a Bulgarian Orthodox Church leader made an outright call for “stoning” Pride participants.
Bulgarian Orthodox Church Father Yanakiev “Our whole society must in every possible way oppose the gay parade that is being planned. For this reason today I appeal to all those who consider themselves Christians and Bulgarians. Throwing stones at gays is an appropriate way.”