Zagreb Pride – June 19, 2010

Zagreb Pride, Croatia, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Gay Pride, Pride Marches, Riot Police, Skin Heads, FascistsSo we headed to Zagreb, Croatia for the city’s 9th Pride.  Earlier Prides had been met with extreme violence from right-wing Fascist groups, but this year there were around 300 police in riot-gear to protect the marchers.  I have to say with each country we have visited, I have gone away with a huge sense of respect for the organizations that run their local Prides, and Zagreb is no exception.

Croatia, Zagreb Pride, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, HomosexualA meeting is held by Pride organizers.  The problem is a familiar one.  The local police are trying to change the route of the parade to make it less visible to the public.  A second concern is that the city has granted a right-wing group the right to protest along the Pride’s route.

Zagreb Pride, Croatia, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Gay Pride, Pride Marches, Riot Police, Skin Heads, FascistsZagreb Pride, Croatia, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Gay Pride, Pride Marches, Riot Police, Skin Heads, FascistsHere Pride organizers, 31 year old Franko Dota and 25 year old Marko Jurčić, lead a public round table to discuss ways to overcome widespread homophobia in Croatian institutions.

Croatia, Zagreb Pride, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, HomosexualCroatia, Zagreb Pride, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, HomosexualSigns and flags are put together at the Zagreb Pride’s office.  The office is situated in an old abandoned factory and turned into an artists compound.

Croatia, Zagreb Pride, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, Homosexual

Croatia, Zagreb Pride, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, HomosexualParticipants meet at a local square and prepare for the start of Zagreb Pride.  Croatian actor, Rade Serbedzija, shows his support for the local LGBT community.  Do you want to disagree with Boris the Blade?

Croatia, Zagreb Pride, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, HomosexualCroatia, Zagreb Pride, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, HomosexualThe Pride goes on under the protection of a lot of anti-riot police.

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The group of protestors, which seemed to be made up mostly of under-aged boys, did everything from Nazi salutes, to anti-gay songs, to showing female participants their sexual organs.  Several arrests were made.  During this arrest, one of the police officers kicked this young man in the head.  It was broadcasted on the news over and over again.  Not one Pride participant I talked to took any joy in the scene.  Instead, they each expressed concern for the boy.  This is even after several of the Pride participants were attacked by groups of young men as they walked home after the march.

Zagreb PrideThe Pride ends at a local park with speeches, music, and dancing.

Zagreb Pride

We then head back to the artist compound for a great after-party.  We had an incredible time in Croatia and thank everyone there for making it such a remarkable experience.

About wwpproject

Charles “Chad” Meacham (Project photographer) Charles was born just outside of Philadelphia, PA, and began traveling immediately after high school. He picked up a camera at the age of 30, and has since been fortunate to win over 20 international awards including those from National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, and PDN magazines. The idea for this project was sparked after attending the 2009 Taipei Pride event, one of the largest pride parades in Asia. For other examples of his work visit: http://www.charlesmeacham.com/ Sarah Baxter (Project Coordinator) Sarah is the “blogging guru” of this project, and is contact person/organizer. Born in Athens, Ohio, Sarah enjoys traveling, and has since taken up residence in Los Angeles, NE Thailand, North Africa, and most recently in Taipei, Taiwan.
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5 Responses to Zagreb Pride – June 19, 2010

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  2. Gary Cooper says:

    I Salute you Croatia..

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