RIGA, May 14, 2008 – An agreement
has been struck between the Riga City Council and organisers of this month’s
Gay Pride for the location of the march, the Latvian press reported
Ironically, the location agreed –
on the banks of the Daugava River – is where, last
year, the ‘No Pride’ group staged their rock concert at the same time as the
Pride March in Vermanes Park.
However, politician Oskars Kastēns,
the Special Assignments Minister for Social Integration Affairs, says that
Mozaika, the gay and lesbian non-governmental organisation that organises
Gay Pride in Riga, should abandon the march.
“It only prokokes more aggression,”
he is reported as saying in yesterday’s Diena.
Riga Gay Pride and Friendship Days
is being held between May 30 to
June 1 and will include:
● Political discussion about
diversity and competitiveness;
● LGBT films;
● Art exhibition;
● Concert and party;
● March for equality;
● Round table discussion with LGBT and Human rights activists from all
Again, Amnesity International will be participating in
the event and expect to have 100 members from across Europe in Riga.
Can’t Switch Us Off, Say Latvian Gays. By Kristine
Garina. Talking about illusions… We
have gay-themed TV series like Will & Grace on TV. We
even have Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and it’s widely popular and
everyone watches it. But it’s just something out there, not here. (UK
Gay News, May 9, 2008)
Pride 2008: In a Park Behind the Fence – Again? The office of
Latvian Prime Minister Ivars Godmanis and Integration Minister Oskars
Kastens have both said that next month’s Riga Pride and March for Equality
should take place in an enclosed park as last year at Vermanes Park in
central Riga. UK Gay News, April 25, 2008.
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Posted: 14 May 2008 at
00:00 (UK time)