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Going to London Pride

Leaving Sofia, Bulgaria, we’ve headed to the United Kingdom, so that on Saturday we can attend Pride London.  This Pride is a little different from some of the others we’ve documented as it is so huge.  Last year’s Pride march had 1 million people attending.

While for the smaller Prides we usually spend the week before a Pride getting to know the organizers and documenting the preparations, for this parade we’ve gotten a little beak.  So the past few days we’ve been visiting a friend who lives in Wales.  After documenting 11 prides so far this year, it’s been more than nice to get a few days break.

Doing this project we’ve experienced all kinds of Prides, from  marches just starting out and fighting to be able to publicly share their pride, to those that have become big festive parades.  As you can guess, London Pride is the latter.  While it is easy to sensationalize Prides like this, as outrageous customs are very much the norm, our plan is to focus on portraits.  Doing this, our desire is to keep attention on individuals.  We just hope it doesn’t rain!

For more information on London Pride: http://www.pridelondon.org/

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First St. Petersburg Pride taking place June 26, 2010

While the WWP project is in Sofia, Bulgaria, this weekend for the pride march, we will unfortunately be missing St. Petersburg Pride in Russia, the city’s first.  Like Moscow pride, this event has been banned by the government and under threat from national extremists.  In addition, no foreign consulates have showed any support against the human rights violations taking place.

Despites threats of violence the pride march will stake place this Saturday, June 26.

Please know, Our thoughts are with you, and we hope for a safe Pride!

The organizers of the Pride are currently collecting signatures for an open letter to the the Government Representatives of the Russian Federation –

If you have a moment, and value Human-Rights please take a second to sign this.

Saint Petersburg LGBT Pride

Zagreb Pride 2010 – June 19, 2010

Zagreb Pride was energetic and colorful, with over 500 participants in attendance.  While outrageous costumes are not the norm for this pride, there were lots of rainbows and balloons to give the event a festive feel.  The march route started at a large square in town – the “square of the victims of fascism”, and went along city street to Zagreb’s main square (where the anti-Pride march was taking place), before it headed South to end up in a big park – Park Ponosa.

With the sound of beating drums, whistles, and Pride cheers, the march proudly proceeded by watching bystanders toward Zagreb’s main square.  Police in riot gear walked next to participants, forming a moving blockade around the group.  The city had granted permission for members of the youth faction of a right-wing group to protest in the main square.  Made up of around 60 teenagers and young adults, these anger filled youths yelled oaths and obscenities at the marchers.  The police had wanted the march to go on the far South side of the square, behind the kiosks, and far away from the anti-gay protesters.  However, the pride leaders refused and won the right to march proudly in the streets of Zagreb’s main square, instead of the far sidewalk.  While the protesters were kept back by a metal barricade and a human barricade made up of police, there was still a defining moment during the pride when the two sides faced off.

When the Pride first reach the main square it halted, as the parade spread out so participants could look upon the haters.  The marchers chanted and blew whistles, with several raising two fingers to display the peace sign.  Those against the march, and the people in it, raised their fingers in a different gesture, shouted obscenities, and I saw one guy showing his dissatisfaction by unbuttoning his pants to flash marchers.  This whole scene lasted only a few minutes, before the Pride started up again and continued down another block.

At this point some of the protestors tried to follow the Pride by making a dash through the inside of mall, but were stopped by police, with some being arrested.  Caught on tape, there is a footage of one of these homophobic kids telling the police that if he is arrested his mother would kill him at home (a rough translation), at which point he was brutally kicked in the head.  Note: The officials of Zagreb Pride have come out to condemn this action, labeling it as disgusting behavior.

At the fenced off park, the Pride ended with speeches and music.  There was a release in tension as the march had successfully ended.  Unfortunately, it also gave a false sense of security, as the whole thing isn’t really over, especially as the right-wing youths filled with aggression aren’t ready to give up and go home for the night.

At the park I had talked with a Bosnian girl who had grown up in San Francisco, she had left the park to go get some food with two Norwegian guys – tourists that hadn’t know about the Pride before, but had decided to join in.  Later that night when we returned to the artist collective for the after party we saw her again, they had been attacked.  Eleven young guys had jumped them from behind, punching and kicking all three.  That same evening two other local participants of Zagreb Pride were attacked by young thugs who recognized them from the Pride.  It such a shame that such a positive event is marred by violence, and the huge cowardice of these attacks.

However, I’d like to think not of the haters, but the several people I spoke with who were attending this as their first Pride after coming out, and how much participating in this event had really meant to them, and to all those there in support of pride.

Here are some more videos:

Anti – Pride

Pictures coming soon to our main website,
http://www.walkwithpridenow.com

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Making Posters for Zagreb Pride

For the last week Pride participants have been invited to visit the headquarters of Zagreb Pride to get their signs and posters ready for Saturday’s march.  It’s a big open room, but with the distinct smell of spray paint.

Zagreb Pride Signmaking

This year’s theme is freedom of sexual expression.Zagreb Pride Signmaking

Organizing Zagreb Pride

Located in a former squat, which has been transformed into an artist collective, Chad and I find the headquarters of Zagreb Pride.  It’s a colorful room with posters plastered on the wall highlighting past (and the current) Prides.  Ten of the organizers of Zagreb Pride are meeting to discuss the newest developments concerning Saturday’s march.

While the Pride march in Zagreb has been going on since 2002, it has not been an easy journey.  Many of the past parades have been marred by violence, and organizers continually have to battle with government officials and the police concerning details of how the march is held.

Sitting around on sofas the Zagreb Pride organizing committee discusses the latest issue affecting the pride.  While the police have agreed to protect the marchers, they are standing firm that participants should not walk down the street.  Instead, the police feel that the marchers should walk along the sidewalks – sandwiched between street kiosks and buildings.  Another problem, the government has also approved a counter-demonstration by the youth branch of the HČSP (Croatian Pure Party of Rights), a right wing nationalist party in Croatia, to be held at the same time as the Pride march – and in the main square.  Many feel this is inviting trouble, as the Pride march will be passing this same main square, making it so those participating in the Pride march will be coming in direct contact with those against the pride.  However, as international monitors, including those from the EU and Amnesty International, will be in attendance there is the strong belief that those against the Pride will be kept under control by law enforcement.

After an hour or so of discussions, the meeting breaks and everyone disburses.  While the issues the organizers are facing are frustrating, they are not uncommon, especially in places where homophobia makes it a struggle to publicly show pride.

Zagreb Pride

The WWP’s 100th Post!

Wow, I can’t believe this little blog is at its’ 100th post!  Well, thank you to all that have been following our journey.

It has been a long time since last November when we first thought of this project, and even though we are nowhere near done, I have to say it has been a very rewarding experience!

Here’s just a quick look back at the different Prides we’ve documented …

Taipei Pride

Taipei Taiwan


Manila Pride


Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

Pride kiss taken by Charles Meacham of the Walk with Pride Project at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras


Baltic Pride – Lithuania

Pride Image of Baltic Pride 2010


Slavic Pride – Belarus

Sergey at Slavic Pride 2010


GayFest – Romania

GayFest 2010 in Bucharest Romania


Moscow Pride

Moscow Pride 2010


Athens Pride

Athens Pride Protest


AND, tomorrow we are thrilled to be attending Turkey’s very first Trans Pride march!

Istanbul Trans Pride 2010 Trans Onur Haftasi

Again thanks to all who have been reading this blog, and please keep following as we will have many more postings before the conclusion of this project!

Photos of Athens Pride 2010!

New photo gallery of Athens Pride 2010 is now online.

See the photos @ http://wwpbehindthephotos.wordpress.com/2010/06/11/athens-pride-june-5-2010/
Athens Pride Protest

Http://wwpbehindthephotos.wordpress.com (Athens Pride Gallery)