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**New Photos Online** Moscow Pride and Activist Portraits

Chad just put up a gallery of some amazing photos taken during his last trip to Minsk and Moscow to photograph the underground LGBT Rights movement taking place

The new galleries are ‘Activists’ and ‘Moscow Pride’.

www.CharlesMeacham.com

New portrait gallery of LGBT Rights activists from Belarus and Russia at http://www.charlesmeacham.com

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Moscow Pride 2011

The WWP’s photographer, Chad Meacham, has just returned from photographing Moscow Pride where numerous gay activists were brutally arrested.

Below is video of the Pride from film director Logan Mucha, see more at loganmucha.com

Photos of the event will be available soon!!

IDAHO Day – May 17

At the WWP project we are incredibly proud to be able to support public actions taking place around the globe for  the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Here are just some of the ways the ‘Images Against Homophobia’ photos were included …

Strasbourg, France

On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia (17 May), the European Parliament hosted a selection of pictures from the global photo exhibition Walk With Pride. President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek inaugurated the photo exhibition on European gay prides. The Polish centre-right President addressed Members of the European Parliament, staff and visitors. Mr Buzek said homophobia was “deplorable, because it aims to denigrate people and deprive them of their rights on the basis of their sexual orientation.”

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.

Watch video of the event – European Parliament TV Clip
Read more – EP’s Intergroup for LGBT rights Marks IDAHO Day


Skopje, Macedonia

The Coalition `Sexual and Health rights of Marginalized Communities` held a press conference today, on May 17, Tuesday, on the Macedonia square (near the bookstore `Kultura`, in front of Alexander the Great Monument, which is under construction) for the occasion of the International day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The press conference was followed by an outdoors exhibition, `Images Against Homophobia`, part of the mutual project of Charles Meacham and Sarah Baxter – `Walk with Pride`. The exhibition was simultaneously held in around 20 other cities in the world, including its opening in the European Parliament.

Watch video of the event on Facebook.

Read more: http://okno.mk/node/11596 (in Macedonian)


Minsk, Belarus

In Minsk, the IDAHO Belarus chapter display the ‘Images Against Homophobia’ exhibition by American photographer Chad Meacham as a part of Equality Festival events . It is a summing up of the projectWalk With Pride.

The works of Chad Meacham clearly depict the situation of LGBT people around the world. Some pictures were devoted to the Belarusian Slavic Pride, which was held in Minsk last year. At the beginning of the event the author gave a speech to the visitors, thanking them for participating in this event, as well as expressing support for the LGBT community in Belarus.


See more photos here!


Potsdam, Germany

The Christopher Street Day march is held every year around the world. Participants remember the riots of homosexuals against the New York police brutality of 1969. At the same time, they are promoting acceptance and legal equality. In many parts of the world demonstrators be putting their health and their lives to stand up for LGBT Rights. In 2010, the international award-winning photographer Charles Meacham, photographed the parades and often the violent counter-marches accompanied in 15 countries. The Municipal Association of Tolerant Brandenburg, Ver.di, exhibited Meacham’s ‘Images Against Homophobia’ exhibition at the State Parliament of Bradenburg. The organization will soon be holding another exhibition to be held at the Berlin East Railway Station from June 16 to June 29.

See more pictures of the event – GayBradenburg.de


Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb Pride and Amnesty International Croatian have joined up to show the ‘Images Against Homophobia’ photo exhibition at the ITD Theatre in the Zagreb Student Center, followed by a direct action to draw attention to the killing and harassment of the transgender community in Turkey.

Read more about the event on Queer.hr
Follow the event on Facebook


Sofia, Bulgaria

On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia Sofia Pride Foundation presented a selection of pictures from the global photo exhibition ‘Images Against Homophobia’ in front of the National Theater from May 16 – May 25.

Read more about the event here


Taiwan – 5 Exhibitions! Yilan, Taichung, Kaohsiung, and 2 in Taipei

The Taiwan Pride Organization community joined together to hold 5 exhibitions of Charles Meacham’s ‘Images Against Homophobia’ exhibition in Taiwan.

Find out more details at the Taichung Rainbow Paradise website
Read more about the events at Coolloud.org.tw

To find out about other hosts of the global ‘Images Against Homophobia’ exhibitions visit: WWP’s Upcoming Exhibitions

Images Against Homophobia: A Global IDAHO Initiative

Images Against Homophobia:
A Global IDAHO Initiative

~ From the GayRussia website

http://www.gayrussia.eu/en/russia/1521/

Opening of the exhibition at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 10 May 2011. Photo European Parliament. In September, 2009 Chad Meacham, an American born photographer, embarks with his girlfriend Sarah Baxter on a photography project. Their idea is clear: “Walk With Pride” will celebrate the freedom of expression of LGBT people around the world.

For a year, the couple travelled to 15 different countries to follow the organizers of Gay Pride marches in Europe and Asia. Meacham’s previous work has won over 20 international awards including the National Geographic Traveller.

The result is an impressive collection of photographs expressing the difficulties of LGBT people to exercise their right to freedom of expression.

With the exception of London and Sydney, the couple ignored the bigger more famous prides in New York, Berlin, and Madrid to put a focus on small scale events which are often not welcomed in the countries they are held.

In Minsk, Meacham said it was a total shock when he witnessed a police crackdown on the local activists who were trying to stage their event despite the bans they receive from the city hall.

“I understood and was inspired by the courage of these people who are risking their lives to defend their freedom of expression. It was the events and activists in Minsk that showed me the true meaning of the Pride Movement, and showed me the direction the project needed to go.”

The couple was later in Moscow and Warsaw where he also captured images of anti-gay protesters. In Turkey, they attended Istanbul’s first Transgender Pride the first of its kind in a country where Transgender people are often murdered.

Baxter stated that the life of Harvey Milk served as a source inspiration for the conception of the Walk With Pride Project but not only. “This project was sparked after months of following the debates in America on gay rights issues, and our frustration with our government’s policies” says Sarah.

During their trip, Meacham and Baxter worked closely with LGBT activists and Pride organizers. Their help was more than appreciated and this is how the idea of the exhibition “Images Against Homophobia” was born.

“Chad and Sarah have been so helpful to us that we believed their work must be shown on a broad scale. We offered them to use our contacts to organize this exhibition around the world” says Nikolai Alekseev, Moscow Pride Chief Organizer.

Naturally, the exhibition takes place around the International Day Against Homophobia.

“It was only logical to organize this tour around the Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and have IDAHO as a co-sponsor of the event” says Alekseev who also serves on the board of the IDAHO organization.

“We hope that by viewing these photographs, people will realize what problems homophobia and transphobia creates” says Meacham.

The exhibition kicked off officially in Strasbourg at the European Parliament yesterday and the President of the Parliament gave a speech at the opening. It will also finish in Strasbourg at the end of June at the Council of Europe. Apart from Strasbourg the exhibition will be shown in the coming days in 20 different locations around the world: Berlin, Postdam, Liege, Zagreb, Sofia, Manila, Sebastopol (California), San Francisco, Sydney, Bucharest, Brussels, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Yilan and Taipei, Phnom Penh, Skopje, Minsk and Moscow.

In Sofia, the exhibition will be displayed in front of the Parliament building. In Cambodia, the exhibition will travel across the country, and in Minsk, it will be shown on a LCD screen.

Don Spradlin, President of the Noble Beast Foundation, is organizing the exhibition in California, “The reason why I wanted to take part in this initiative is because we have direct experience as producer of the International Mr. Gay Competition of a range of insults due to homophobia around the world. Men who participated in our annual event have lost their jobs because they were willing to represent their nation. They have been kicked out of school, been hounded by the press and denied visas just because they are gay ”

“There’s a lot of solidarity behind this initiative. Everyone contributed how they could. Our main goal is to help raise awareness for the global LGBT community, and help put an end to homophobia and transphobia” concludes Meacham.

The exhibition can be seen online at GayRussia.Ru HERE

Walk With Pride – An Overview

What is the Walk With Pride Project …

From 2009-2010 photographer Charles Meacham and Sarah Baxter visited and documented 15 international LGBT Pride marches throughout Asia and Europe.  This website contains images, videos, and a blog of their trip.

To see photo galleries from each pride, visit Meacham’s Behind the Photos blog.
http://wwpbehindthephotos.wordpress.com/

The Prides attended were:

Oct. 31, 2009 (Taiwan Pride – Taipei, Taiwan)
Dec. 5, 2009 (Manila Pride – Manila, Philippines)
Mar. 7, 2010 (Sydney GL Mardi Gras – Sydney, Australia)

May
8 May, 2010 (Baltic Pride – Vilnius, Lithuania)
15 May, 2010 (Slavic Pride – Minsk, Belarus)
22 May, 2010 (GayFest ’10 – Bucharest, Romania)
29 May, 2010 (Moscow Pride – Moscow, Russia)

June
5 June, 2010 (Athens Pride – Athens, Greece)
12 June, 2010 (1st Trans Pride – Istanbul, Turkey)
19 June, 2010 (Zagreb Pride – Zagreb, Croatia)
26 June, 2010 (Sofia Pride – Sofia, Bulgaria)

July
3 July, 2010 (London Pride – London, England)
10 July, 2010 (Budapest Pride – Budapest, Hungary)
17 July, 2010 (Europride – Warsaw, Poland)
31 July, 2010 (Jerusalem Pride – Jerusalem, Israel)

Now in 2011, with the support of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia Organization, Meacham has put together an ‘Images Against Homophobia’ exhibition that will be displayed worldwide.  The gallery will open at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, with opening ceremonies conducted on May 10, 2011, by the European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek.

Additional exhibitions will take place in over 20 cities worldwide, and intend to draw universal awareness to the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17.

We invite you to view the following:

We always enjoy hearing from those who view our project.  Please feel free to contact us at wwpproject (at) yahoo.com.

2011 Walk With Pride – IDAHO Exhibition

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: wwpproject@yahoo.com

To find  more information on IDAHO visit: http://dayagainsthomophobia.org

What’s New?

For now, the WWP website will be taken over by the blog.  You can still see many of the award winning images over at my website located at http://www.charlesmeacham.com The images are located in two galleries: Pride and Homophobia.

We both had an incredible year, and met some really incredible people.  Both of us would like to thank everyone for opening up their lives and letting us get to know them.

Sarah and I will continue to photograph and support LGBT Rights every opportunity we get.

I will also keep you updated on the May 17th exhibitions.

All my best,

Charles Meacham