Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

LGBTI representatives will not converse with referendum organisers

REPRESENTATIVES of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community have decided not to participate in political shows focusing on the referendum on family broadcast by RTVS and TA3 on Sunday, despite the fact that they originally agreed to join in the debate, the SME daily reported on January 16.

“The manner in which the campaign for the referendum is being led precludes a civilised debate in our opinion, as it [the campaign] is resorting only to repeating half-truths and lies that have been disproved multiple times,” reads a statement released by five NGOs. “We don’t want to be a part of this, so we won’t go into direct confrontation with the initiators and supporters of the referendum in the media.”

Anton Chromík of the Family Alliance, the organisation that initiated the referendum, had claimed on January 16 that silence benefits the opponents of the referendum.

“They opted to ignore the referendum and promote this stance,” he said.

Romana Schlesinger, who is a member of both the Queer Leaders Forum and the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, declared that avoiding the debate is not a tactic. She stressed that she does not view the Family Alliance as an opposite, in view of the fact that the two groups pursue differing goals and would never be able to resolve the issue together.

“By withdrawing from this debate, we sent out a clear message that they’re not partners for debate for us and we're not partners for debate for them,” said Schlesinger.

Blogger and activist Braňo Ondrášik said that he understands this decision, although he doesn't agree with it. According to him, society needs these NGOs.

“I believe that a large number of gays and people who are against the referendum expect to hear their voice, particularly when the Church and alliance operate with half-truths and even outright lies,” Ondrášik said. “I hope that they'll change their opinion.”

Source: Sme

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

Topic: Referendum


Top stories

EU roaming fees to end on June 15 – in theory

Slovak customers still waiting to find out how mobile operators will implement change.

Archaeologist pieces together early history of what is now western Slovakia Photo

For an archaeologist, the most important thing is his most recent rare discovery, says Július Vavák.

Students visited Svätý Jur as part of their European Wanderer project

How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

General Prosecutor filed a motion for the dissolution of ĽSNS

The Slovak Supreme Court received a motion to dissolve the extreme right ĽSNS party founded and led by Marian Kotleba.

Jaromír Čižnár