The WWP’s photographer, Charles ‘Chad’ Meacham has been in Minsk, Belarus photographing the gay rights activists during Minsk’s 2011 Equality Festival. Images include pictures of the banned Pride march, which took place on May 17, 2011. See more photos on Chad’s website – www.CharlesMeacham.com
In Belarus LGBT Prides are illegal, and are planned out in secret by a small group of activists.
The activists face being arrested for protesting for very basic Human Rights.
The average age of activists here is 20. Almost all of them have spent time in jail.
Many have also been kicked out of their universities for their actions.
However, they keep fighting on.
See more photos on Chad’s website – www.CharlesMeacham.com
STRASBOURG, 11 May 2011 — Yesterday, President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek inaugurated a photo exhibition on European gay prides. The Polish centre-right President addressed Members of the European Parliament, staff and visitors. Mr Buzek declared that homophobia had no place in the European Union, and that human rights were unalienable, including for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
Jerzy Buzek officially marked the International Day Against Homophobia for
the first time in 2010 via video message. The President of the European Parliament was joined by Members of the European Parliament Ulrike Lunacek and Michael Cashman, Co-Presidents of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights, and Charles Meacham, author of the photographs.
After the event, Michael Cashman and Ulrike Lunacek declared: “We are
proud to be members of a Parliament that represents 500 million Europeans,
and which stands ready to defend the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender people. The genuine and heartfelt engagement of Jerzy
Buzek, a Polish EPP President demonstrates that homophobia no longer
belongs to mainstream EU politics. We are grateful to Mr Buzek and all our
colleagues for helping LGBT people live their lives freely, and without fear.”
Since 2006, the European Parliament adopted five resolutions demanding
that LGBT people’s human rights be respected in Europe, reminding EU
countries that banning pride marches breaches the European Convention on
Human Rights. Over 180 European pride marches will take place in 2011,
from Iceland to Malta and from Portugal to Russia.
The exhibition contains 20 images by award-winning photographer Charles
Meacham, from New York. The photographs will be shown in over 20 locations around the world, starting in the EU Parliament from 9 to 12 May. About the International Day Against Homophobia 17 May is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Each year, the date marks the anniversary of the 17 May 1990, when the World Health Organization announced it would remove homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders.
European Union Press Release, www.lgbt-ep.eu/
The Walk With Pride project is partnering with the IDAHO Committee (organizers of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) to organize a global exhibition in over 15 cities around the world in recognition of IDAHO day on May 17, 2011. This includes an exhibition to be held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.
See if there is an exhibition near you on our Upcoming Exhibitions page.
The WWP project is still accepting applicants to take part in this global exhibition. If interested please contact us at: [email protected]
To find more information on IDAHO visit: http://dayagainsthomophobia.org
The ‘Walk With Pride’ project has a special message to share from the IDAHO Sydney organization.
Hi - Nick here from IDAHO Sydney in Australia with an invitation to participate in the 2011 STANDING TALL Catalogue we intend to put together for IDAHO 2011.
IDAHO is an acronym for International Day Against Homophobia – 17th of May world wide. Last year we created a catalogue titled ‘Break The Silence’ which included images from the exhibition and introductions form the living library books. This year we are not having a living library but I still think its important to represent and document the many different faces within our community. Its a great way to help people that feel isolated or are questioning their sexuality. They are not alone and they are not abnormal.
If you would like to participate all I need is one paragraph (100 to 150 words) from you which tells us about you. You can talk about anything you like. You could change someone’s life in one paragraph.
Also please tag your paragraph with your name, age and were you live (country). If you are not comfortable with using your name feel free to make one up. Also if you would like to extend the invitation to all your friends and family that would be great!
Together we can make a difference.
All the best
Nick Baldas – curator IDAHO Sydney
Earlier this morning there was another court hearing concerning the banned march. The opposition presented a feeble argument. Getting up before the judge, the opposition lawyer said the pride event was banned by the Mayor because a different event was already scheduled for that day, a rally in support of PM Vladimir Putin. When Nikolai got up to speak on the absurdity of this ‘Putin argument’, especially as he’d been the very first at the courthouse the day the law allowed applying for the permit, the judge couldn’t help but stifle a chuckle. However, in the end Gay Russia’s attempt to legally hold the march was futile.
Nikolai addressing the media after the court hearing
A homophobic lady passing by the court house gets into a discussion with Vlad Kuzn etsov, an activist from GayBelarus
While national world governments have not been vocal in supporting the Moscow Gay Pride march, a group of Human Rights activists here in Moscow have taken to the web using every press outlet they have to spread the word about what’s going on…
Peter Tatchell of Outrage! (left), Andy Harley of UK Gay News (middle/front), Andy Thayer of Gay Liberation Network (middle/back), Sarah Baxter of Walk with Pride (rt)
Tomorrow, we’ll have pictures and updates of
the 5th Moscow Pride.
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