LGBT Rights March Broken Up In Tbilisi, Georgia

Jim Burroway

May 17th, 2012

Orthodox priest confronts pride marchers in Tbilisi, Georgia (Photo via the Russian web site Anti-Dogma.)

Religious protesters, including Orthodox priests, broke up a march commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi today. About 20 pro-LGBT marchers paraded through the main street of Tbilisi when they were confronted by anti-gay protesters who blocked the marchers and began fighting.

“This shows that Tbilisi has a long way to go to become a modern European city. We expected a negative reaction but did not expect to be attacked,” one of the march’s organisers, Natia Gvianishvili of rights group Identoba, told AFP.

Police intervened when the fight broke out and at least three people have been detained. Georgia’s Parliament-appointed human righst ombudsman called for tolerance:

Georgian ombudsman Giorgi Tugushi said that politicians should address gay, lesbian and transgender issues because “only in this case it will become possible for our state and society to develop in a democratic and liberal direction.”

“The development of tolerant values is one of the most important preconditions for the formation of democratic society,” Tugushi said in a statement.

You can find more photos of the march at the Russian crowd-sourced web site Anti-Dogma.

Darina

May 18th, 2012

*sigh* Same old, same old post-communist story – well, it’s not technically very old, but I’m already so tired of it!

I read Antidogma myself. How did you find it, by the way? Don’t tell me you understand Russian! :)

The IDAHO event didn’t go peacefully in St.Petersburg, Russia either. JMG got the story more or less right, but here is maybe the most precise report in English of what happened at the end (judging from all I’ve read in Russian media and blogs, since I wasn’t there) – it’s not a solid text, but goes step-by-step with the photo gallery:
http://www.demotix.com/news/1219433/rainbow-flashmob-russia-countered-anti-gay-rights-radicals

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