The Walk with Pride Project
This is a gay issue.
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This is a human rights issue.
Walk With Pride (WWP) is a project to photograph and document gay pride parades around the globe. Our aim is to promote pride, empathy, and understanding on an international level, while highlighting the similarities and differences in gay rights and gay culture around the world.
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A gallery for Sofia Pride is now online.
This was the country’s third Pride …
(Sofia Pride 2010)
Here are some pictures from the week leading up to Sofia Pride.
Sign making time …
The Pride march will be tomorrow!
New Gallery uploaded on the main “Walk with Pride” website featuring images from Zagreb Pride 2010!
(Zagreb Pride 2010)
AND keep following as this week the WWP project documents Sofia Pride in Bulgaria.
No arrests. No police. No skinheads.
I’m pleased to report that the 5th Moscow Pride went extremely well. Waiting in the headquarters, before the Pride, with over 30 Russian, Belorussian, and International activists, everyone was nervous. Looking at the history of the Pride, and the 40 people arrested last year, those participating were fearing the worst, and hoping for the best.
What helped this year was the use of disinformation, which kept the police and skinheads far away from the real action. As the opposition gathered in front of city hall, gay pride activists marched in a different part of the city.
When we got the call the Pride was to begin, everyone quickly went in small groups to the designated area. As soon as activists arrived, the pride began. In Russian, there were shouts of “Russia without homophobes” and “Rights for gays,” while participants grabbed hold of the 20m flag, hand-sewn and brought in from Belorussia.
As quickly as it started, everything evaporated. The flag was folded up, and activists dashed in different directions. Police hadn’t arrived yet, but everyone knew they were coming. Only a few minutes after people scattered, and a police van pulled up. But, there was no one to arrest.
Much later, those who participated in the Pride began to gather to celebrate today’s victory. Let’s just say everyone was quite happy, especially proving the Mayor wrong who said no gay pride could take place in Moscow …
Photos to be posted very soon on http://www.walkwithpridenow.com
Video of the pride:
New Baltic Pride gallery is up on the “Walk with Pride” website. Please feel invited to check it out …
Next week, we’ll be photographing the pride events in
Late on the evening of May 5, we’ll be arriving in Vilnius, Lithuania, to document the 2010 Baltic Pride Festival. Baltic pride will be the first of about 30 world pride parades we will be photographing during just over a year of travel. We’ll be writing more about LGBT rights in Lithuania, and details about the march, as we get closer to its’ date.
However, before we arrive there is still much to take care. We are both currently passport-less … we’ve had to send them away with our visa applications in order to obtain entry to Belarus (our 2nd stop). Thankfully most of the other places we’ll be visiting allow entry for 30 days without visas.
Booking tickets, quitting jobs, and selling household items are also things that must be done, and sooner rather than later. We are getting rid of our apartment when we leave Taiwan, so everything we are not bringing with us must go. It is a little difficult to part with some things, Chad always looks especially miserable when discussing plans to sell his motorcycle. Yet, I think in the end we both feel so extremely fortunate to have this opportunity … an amazing opportunity to travel around the globe documenting a year’s worth of pride, any hassle we must deal with now is well worth it. At least I keep telling myself that as I sort through ever growing piles of collected junk … !