Rainbow Pride Bratislava 2016: An important signal

text by Peter Weisenbacher

On Saturday 30 July between one and two thousand people took part in Rainbow Pride 2016 (Dúhový PRIDE) in Bratislava, Slovakia. The number of participants was relatively high, considering the unstrategically selected date in the middle of summer holidays and outnumbered the counter-demonstrating neo-nazis and catholic fundamentalists at least 3 to 1. On the other hand, the number was disturbingly low, considering last years homophobic referendum, the fact that no Pride was held in 2015 and that recently a nazi party joined the parliament for the first time since 1945. The whole event was peaceful with no interruptions and noticeably more young people and families with small children took part this year, in accordance with tradition (established in 2010).

The signal that the opinions of the establishment and extremists are aligned at the moment and that pro-LGBT voices are in a minority and are weaker, is an important one. Hopefully next year with better planning and preparation, the number of participants will be much higher and will therefore force some reflection among the ruling elites.

Photos by Alexandra Zibrinová

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Peter Weisenbacher

Peter Weisenbacher

has been the executive director of the Human Rights Institute since 2011. Previously he was the director of Slovak LGBT pride for two years, head of Amnesty International Slovakia for four years, and member of the expert Committee for Human Rights and Minorities in the Office of the Government of Slovakia for two years. As a freelance journalist, he writes mainly about human rights. He holds a PhD in Information Science and has lectured at Comenius University in Bratislava and Masaryk University in Brno.

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Peter Weisenbacher
has been the executive director of the Human Rights Institute since 2011. Previously he was the director of Slovak LGBT pride for two years, head of Amnesty International Slovakia for four years, and member of the expert Committee for Human Rights and Minorities in the Office of the Government of Slovakia for two years. As a freelance journalist, he writes mainly about human rights. He holds a PhD in Information Science and has lectured at Comenius University in Bratislava and Masaryk University in Brno.

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