central europe / pride / slovakia / USA

Bratislava hosts fourth annual Rainbow Pride

Slovakia’s LGBT community staged its fourth Pride Rainbow event yesterday, which organizers called the most successful thus far. The September 21st march ended a week of Pride events.

No serious incidents were reported during the march, which was protected by Bratislava police. In keeping with tradition, the event was supported by foreign embassies in the Slovak capital, including the US Embassy, which raised a rainbow flag this week in solidarity with Pride events.

The event was organized by several Slovak groups, including the Queer Leaders Forum, the Otherness Initiative and the TransFuzia organization, and featured Peter Pollak, a representative of Slovakia’s Roma community speaking at the pride march.

Slovak news agency SITA quotes Pollak as calling for all supporters of human rights to attend Pride. “Lesbians and gays are also a minority like the Roma,” he said.

In previous years, Pride marches in Slovakia were marred by violent incidents.

On the same weekend, meanwhile, at the other end of the country in Košice, the Conference of Bishops of Slovakia helped organize the National March for Life. Organizers stressed their support for maintaining traditional values and “traditional families” founded on marriage between one man and one woman.

Watch US Ambassador Theodore Sedgwick’s greeting to Rainbow Pride here.

(Source info: The Slovak Spectator)

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