Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers

Thousand in Romanian Gay Pride March Amid Moves to Limit Rights

Participants held a minute of silence as they passed the Russian Embassy in solidarity with gays in Chechnya

A cardboard box with rainbows painted on covers the head of a girl while she waits for the start of a gay pride parade in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, May 20, 2017, photo: AP/Andreea Alexandru
7 months ago

BUCHAREST, Romania – Some 1,000 people joined a gay pride march in the Romanian capital of Bucharest on Saturday, demanding greater rights amid government moves they say will curtail their rights.

Some 30 ambassadors expressed support for the march and for protecting the rights of the LGBT community and U.S. Ambassador Hans G. Klemm was among those taking part, despite the pouring rain.

The gay pride march, now in its 13th year in Romania, comes after lawmakers approved an initiative that could amend Romania’s constitution to explicitly state that marriage is a union between a man and woman. The wording now is a union between “spouses.”

In a carnival atmosphere, participants carried rainbow flags and umbrellas and brought dogs and children as they walked down a tree-lined avenue.

Participants held a minute of silence as they passed the Russian Embassy in solidarity with gays in Chechnya, where dozens have been detained and tortured.

Earlier in the day, a few dozen anti-gay protesters staged a counter-march, saying they were opposed to adoptions by same-sex couples.

Patrick Braila, a movie director and gay rights’ activist, called for marchers to remember gays in Chechnya, and Romanians who had moved abroad due to discrimination. Romania decriminalized homosexuality in 2001.

Vlad Viski, chairman of the gay rights’ group MosaiQ, told a news agency that Romania must legalize civil partnerships in Romania “because gay couples are a reality.”

“They must be respected by the state, as they pay their taxes and therefore they must be treated as equal citizens,” he said.

Singer Florin Chechisan, 29, told the AP that attitudes had changed in Romania in recent years, “but too little.” He said he counted himself lucky because “my friends and family accept me.”


Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News

Surrounded by scandal, Globes turn to ol ...

2 days ago
Latest News

Hyperactive Missouri Gov. Greitens touts ...

2 days ago

Bitcoin futures soar amid frenzy over vi ...

2 days ago

France names winners of anti-Trump clima ...

2 days ago
Most Popular

Mexico's Industries seek U.S. Partner Co ...

By Rosalba Amezcua

Odebrecht hands pipeline management to p ...

By Reuters

FIFA Acknowledges World Cup Hosting Brib ...

By The Associated Press

Brazil's Petrobras and Odebrecht to Redu ...

By The Associated Press

Mexico and South Korea Talk about Free T ...

By Notimex