Belarus: Gays and lesbians held their first ever authorized rally against homophobia in Minsk

Published: February 14, 2011

On Monday February 14 activists of the Belarusian LGBT group "IDAHO Belarus” held the first ever public event authorized by the City authorities in Minsk, Belarus.

The action which took place in the park near the Ministry of Justice aimed to condemn homophobia and to call for equal rights for gays and lesbians.

As it was announced last Friday, the rally obtained clearance from the Minsk City Executive Committee as well as the police.

Participants of the rally, timed with St. Valentine’s Day, were holding banners reading: "Love who you want", "Rights to gays and lesbians", "Homophobia = fascism". And participants were shouting "Equal rights without compromise", "Belarus without homophobes”.

No incidents were reported during the rally which was protected by several police officers and covered by two dozens of journalists.

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