Intrernacionala Pride 2006, Zagreb
Kontra, c/o Centar za žene, Kralja Držislava 2/II,
Zagreb Pride Organizing Committee for 2006 is co-organizing a regional Pride event in Zagreb, Croatia. This year’s Zagreb Pride manifestation is being organized in cooperation with LGBTIQ activists and organizations from the following countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Kosova/o, Albania, Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia.
We would like to use this opportunity to announce the first Eastern European Pride, which is simultaneously Zagreb’s fifth Pride event. It will take place from June 22 to June 25, 2006 in Zagreb, Croatia.
The Pride March will be held on June 24, 2006
Like every year, the Pride March will serve as a public gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transexual, intersexual and queer (LGBTIQ) persons.
This year’s Pride event will be held under the title (English / French) The Internationale Pride 2006, Zagreb – “To live freely” / L'Internationale Pride 2006, Zagreb – " Vivre librement", or in local language(s): Internacionala Pride 2006., Zagreb – "Živ(j)eti slobodno".
Pride events will include:
- The opening at Matica Hrvatska: Exhibition (22.6. – 1.7.)
- a seminar and workshop by ILGA-Europe on monitoring Pride events for human rights violations (22.6.2006.)
- a round table discussion entitled “The freedom of assembly and Pride violence” (23.6.)
- the screening of Pride movies, including Pride documentaries / Pride footage from the region
- Pride march : Pride speeches delivered by guests from the region, especially by those individuals / organizations unable to organize Pride events in their countries due to the prevailing sociopolitical climate (24.6.)
- artists, performers, and entertainers from Eastern Europe (24.6.)
- The Rainbow party (24.6.)
The Internationale Pride 2006 is envisioned as a means of drawing attention to the issue of the freedom of assembly. Out of all ex-Yugoslav states, only Slovenia and Croatia have a tradition of organizing Pride events, whereas the attempt to organize such an event in Belgrade, Serbia, ended in a bloody showdown between the police and the counter-protesters, with the participants heavily beaten up. This year’s Pride manifestation will bring together representatives of those Eastern European countries where the sociopolitical climate is not ripe for the organization of Pride events in cities and towns, or where such a manifestation is expressly forbidden by the authorities.
The freedom of assembly is often seen as a key element to the existence of liberal democracies. However, in recent years, there have been bans and limitations on the right to freedom of assembly of LGBTIQ population in several countries in the Eastern European region. The goal of this year's Pride event is to raise awareness about the violation of this human right and show solidarity with LGBTIQ population and organizations in those countries in the region where Pride events cannot take place. We want to raise awareness of the general public about the violence directed against LGBTIQ persons and their oppression, as well as to empower this community through public Pride events.
Internacionala Pride 2006, Zagreb is supported by:
Queer Zagreb (Croatia)
Center for Peace Studies (Croatia)
Women’s Room (Croatia)
Organization Q (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Queer Beograd (Serbia)
Gej strejt alijansa (Serbia)
Žene na delu (Serbia)
Kampanii Przeciw Homofobii (Poland)
Queer Bulgaria (Bulgaria)
Lithuanian Gay League (Lithuania)
Southeastern European Queer Network (SEEQ)
All the best and see you in Zagreb!
Zagreb Pride Organizing Committee:
Daniel(a) Šurjan, Jelena Poštić, Marko Jurčić, Sanda Brumen
Regional Pride Committee member:
Aleksandar Prica (Duga, Serbia)