Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Rainbow Pride rally records no major disturbances

About 800 people, most under 25 years of age, attended the Rainbow Pride rally and parade held in Bratislava on June 9 to support the rights of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, including politicians and some supporters of the traditional family. About 100 police officers monitored the event and the rally ended without any major disturbances, with only rain and two minor incidents affecting the event, the TASR newswire reported.

About 800 people, most under 25 years of age, attended the Rainbow Pride rally and parade held in Bratislava on June 9 to support the rights of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, including politicians and some supporters of the traditional family. About 100 police officers monitored the event and the rally ended without any major disturbances, with only rain and two minor incidents affecting the event, the TASR newswire reported.

The rally began with three symbolic wedding ceremonies, with gay, lesbian and heterosexual couples exchanging vows on a stage. Later the participants marched to the Government Office and through nearby streets to the SNP Square.

The police had to intervene at the very beginning of the rally when an unknown person threw a smoke grenade into the crowd on Námestie Slobody (Freedom Square). Later, police arrested two people for violating the ban on pyrotechnics.

One of the organisers of the rally, Romana Schlesinger from the Queer Leaders Forum, said that even though she does not expect the rally to lead to immediate changes in legislation, she hopes it has drawn more attention to the problems of the LGBT community in the country, TASR reported.

The event was attended by representatives of embassies in Bratislava which had endorsed the rally as well as two MPs from the European Parliament, Austria’s Ulrike Lunacek and Slovakia’s Monika Flašíková-Beňová. Several political representatives from the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) and Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) parties also attended.

None of Slovakia’s top three elected officials, President Ivan Gašparovič, Prime Minister Robert Fico and speaker of parliament Pavol Paška, attended.

Alongside the Rainbow Pride event were about 50 young Christian families who created a human chain in front of the parliament to express their support for traditional values and heterosexual marriages, TASR wrote.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Strike ends, unions sealed agreement with Volkswagen

The strike that lasted for six days ends on the morning of June 26.

L-R: Volkswagen Slovakia board member for HR, Eric Reuting, chair of the board Ralf Sacht, and board member for finances, Jens Kellerbach, at press briefing after strike, June 26

Responsible business no longer concerns only charity

The most common activities in Slovakia include fair-mindedness regarding employees, health and safety at work, and environmental protection.

Volunteers from corporate sector help to improve the environment within the initiative Naše Mesto (Our City).

Slovak under-21 team ended before semi-finals of European Championship

The team had been in a good position to continue to the next round of the championship held in Poland.

European Under-21 Champrionship, Poland - Slovak fans

Sporting events surpass philanthropy dimension

These events inspire an active lifestyle and help to develop philanthropy.

Wings for Life attracted more than 155,000 people.