Pride parade

Bosnian Capital Readies for Pride March – and Counter-Marches

Sarajevo is getting ready to host its first Pride parade on Sunday, aimed at supporting protection of the rights of the LGBTIQ community, which some 500 people are expected to join. However, the march will be matched by counter-marches held both the day before and on the same day as the Pride event.

First Bosnian LGBT Pride March Faces Security Problems

Concrete stumbling blocks?

In a television appearance earlier this week, Sarajevo's cantonal minister of interior affairs, Admir Katica, stated that "additional requests have been made" to purchase concrete barriers to be placed in side streets along the proposed route of the march, increasing the security of the participants.

Skopje’s First Pride Should be ‘In Your Face’

It is a sunny morning in June. The city centre of Skopje is closed for traffic - it's party time. Mobile sound systems are ready to go, tens of thousands of people are gathering - a joyful, colourful crowd. Banners, flags, decorations, costumes, all ready to give the city a blast in the name of the highest value - freedom.

Macedonians Brace for First Pride Parade – And Counter March

On the same day, just a few hundred meters away, a group called the "Alliance for Life" is staging a counter-march, it said, in defence of "traditional family values".

Some of this march's supporters have called people on social networks to resist what they call a "gender ideology" that they call "the work of Satan".

Parallel marches with different audiences:

Sofia Pride 2019 Supported by More Than 25 Embassies and International Organisations

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Stonewall, a pivotal moment in the movement for LGBTI rights. 2019 also marks the 51st anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Bulgaria and 16 years since the inclusion of the sexual orientation marker in the Protection against Discrimination Act.

Right Wing Politician Threatens LGBTI Photography Exhibition in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's European Capital of Culture

A right wing MP has threatened an LGBTI photography exhibition meant to take place in Plovdiv, the 2019 European Capital of Culture co-host.

Opening in July, the exhibition is called 'Balkan Pride'. However, politicians have said they will try to stop the exhibition by any means necessary.