Sofia Pride – June 26, 1010


Sofia Pride, Bulgaria, LGBT RIghts, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, homosexual

I had briefly met Marko Mapkob in Athens, and he was nice enough to let us meet up with him when we came to Sofia.

Sofia Pride, Bulgaria, LGBT RIghts, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, homosexual

Local photographers opened Pride week with a gallery of photos from previous Prides.  The empty frames will be filled with images from this year’s event.

Sofia Pride, Bulgaria, LGBT RIghts, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, homosexual

Organizers hold a meeting at a local restaurant.  Many of the volunteers do not want their faces shown.

Sofia Pride, Bulgaria, LGBT RIghts, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, homosexual

Marko is asked to appear on a local radio station to speak about the upcoming Sofia Pride.  The man in white is from a Family Values group.  He argued some very interesting facts like; homosexuals die 20 years younger than straight people, all homosexuals want to legalize gay prostitution and drugs, and that all homosexuals have at least 500 sex partners in their life time.  These statements were presented as “facts” to those listening to the radio show.

Sofia Pride, Bulgaria, LGBT RIghts, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, homosexual

During one of the last meetings, organizers are shown pictures of skinheads and organizations that have threatened violence against the Pride.

Volunteers are shown a video of the violence that has occurred during previous Prides.

Sofia Pride, Bulgaria, LGBT RIghts, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, homosexual

A fund-raiser is held at a local disco.

Sofia Pride, Bulgaria, LGBT RIghts, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, homosexual

A single Rainbow Flag hangs from a window of a friend’s apartment the day of the Pride.

Sofia Pride, Bulgaria, LGBT RIghts, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, homosexual

Organizers check the streets below the LGBT headquarters.

Friends are met just before the Pride.

Sofia Pride, Bulgaria, LGBT RIghts, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, homosexual

In past years, protestors have thrown Molotov cocktails during the Pride.  Fire extinguishers are now brought along as a precaution.

Sofia Pride, Bulgaria, LGBT RIghts, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, homosexual

EU Representive, Michael Cashman, attended the Pride.

Sofia Pride, Bulgaria, LGBT RIghts, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, homosexual

Police did a good job keeping protestors away from the Pride.  Even though this man swears he only wants to walk across the park, I would later see him yelling at participants along the Pride route.

Sofia Pride, Bulgaria, LGBT RIghts, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, homosexual

Sofia has its 3rd Pride.

Sofia Pride, Bulgaria, LGBT RIghts, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, homosexual

While the Pride did have some protestors, and 3 arrests were made, there was none of the extreme violence that had occurred in earlier years.  These two elderly men expressed their dislike, but were not violent.

Sofia Pride, Bulgaria, LGBT RIghts, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, homosexual

The march ended in a local park with music and dancing.

Sofia Pride, Bulgaria, LGBT RIghts, Gay Rights, Human Rights, Homophobia, homosexual

Again, I would like to thank everyone in Sofia, and we wish you all the best.

To see more images of Pride, check out the our website:
http://www.walkwithpridenow.com

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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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3 Responses to Sofia Pride – June 26, 1010

  1. stephen hughes says:

    All the very best in your campaign.

  2. Pingback: Sofia Pride – Images and Video! | The 'Walk With Pride' Project

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