Entries in Gay Pride (4)


Vietnam Holds First-Ever Gay Pride Event

HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/GettyImages(HANOI, Vietnam) -- Just a few years ago, the Vietnamese government considered homosexuality a "social evil."  But on Sunday, 100 gays and lesbians gathered in Hanoi for the country's first-ever gay pride event.

They rode on bicycles and motorbikes -- the only way to get around in the capital -- while trailing rainbow-colored streamers.

Many in the country still consider homosexuality taboo, but there are signs that things are beginning to loosen up.

There has been talk of Vietnam's Justice Ministry changing laws that would allow same-sex couples to legally wed -- a first for Asia.  Such action might show that the country is trying to improve its human rights record, regarded as one of the world's worst.

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Gay Activists Detained While Demanding Right to Hold Parade

Creatas/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- About 40 gay activists were detained by police in Moscow Sunday while trying to demand their right to hold a gay pride parade, according to organizers of the march.

Russian authorities have repeatedly denied gays the right to hold protests.

The activists gathered outside the Moscow city council building, where they were accosted by Orthodox Christians before being detained by the police. The Christians attempted to break up the gathering, throwing water, attacking protesters, and grabbing the demonstrators’ rainbow flags.

Gay activists tried to hold another protest at city hall, but were again detained, including Moscow Gay Pride founder Nikolai Alexeyev, who led the protests.

“It’s sad that Russia has completely turned into a totalitarian state. I was arrested because I opened my mouth in front of a group of journalists,” tweeted Alexeyev Sunday.  He also expressed frustration that more members of the gay community did not come out for the march.

“Once more today I was convinced of the bravery of a couple dozen activists and the complete cowardice of all gay partiers. They are the real pederasts,” read another tweet.

He told Interfax that he was satisfied with the result of the “gay parade.”

“It again seemed to me that the government acted illegally,” he tweeted. He plans to hold another gay pride parade next year, to mark the 20-year anniversary of the 1993 lifting of the law that made being gay a crime.

Alexeyev was the first person fined for spreading “gay propaganda” to minors, which under a new law in St. Petersburg is a crime. Alexeyev stood outside St. Petersburg’s city hall with a sign that read, “homosexuality is not a perversion.”

The law, enacted in March, effectively bans homosexual publications, protests and events, such as parades. The Russian parliament is considering making the law a national one.

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Prague Celebrates First Gay Pride Festival 

Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images(PRAGUE) -- Rainbow flags waved in abundance Saturday when several thousand people marched through the streets of Czech Republic’s capital in Prague’s first gay pride festival.

BBC News reports that the colorful event was chaperoned by nearly 300 police in an effort to protect the celebration that has stirred controversy and counter-marches.

The five-day gay pride festival is backed with support from ambassadors of 13 Western nations, including the U.K. and U.S.

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Serbian Police, Protesters Clash at Gay Pride March

Photo Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images(BELGRADE, Serbia) -- Riot police fought off hundreds of right-wing protesters in a clash that left dozens injured and more than 100 arrested at a gay pride parade in downtown Belgrade.

Police in heavy riot gear used tear gas and armored vehicles on Sunday to block the protesters from breaking through security cordons.

Rioters came armed with bricks, flares, bottles and Molotov cocktails, or petrol bombs.

Part of the Democratic Party headquarters was set ablaze and the entrance to the Serbian state television building was also attacked.

The clashes left broken street signs, smashed windows, and destroyed vehicles. Lost shoes were strewn across sidewalks.

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