GAY RIGHTS activists who demonstrated their "Say it Loud" initiative on September 11, protesting against what they call efforts to turn Slovakia into a Catholic state, irritated older people who were also waiting for the Pope. Some verbally attacked the activists. A young priest calmed the situation by asking the angered older people to pray for the gay activists.
Around a hundred young people carried banners with messages condemning discrimination. "I hold a different opinion; will you burn me?" read one of the banners.
The activists said they want Slovakia to remain a civic state that does not yield to one single ideology. They called for respecting minorities.
22. Sep 2003 at 0:00 | From press reports