Honestly, I was really looking forward to EuroPride. It was a chance to meet up with a small group of people who have come to mean a lot to me. Had it really been two months since Minsk and Moscow? Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my time there. In the photo above, Sergey Yenin greets Nikolai Alekseev at the Warsaw International Airport.
I was also really happy to also meet up with Australian film makers Logan Mucha and Jack Giles. I first met these two in Minsk, and they have helped me out in more ways than one. Information on their film East Bloc Love can be found here http://www.loganmucha.com/east-bloc-love/ I will never be able to thank them enough. Here Logan interviews an organizer of EuroPride outside of the Pride House.
Let’s also not forget Andy Harley who runs UK Gay News found at: http://ukgaynews.org.uk/latest.htm Andy, who is 71 years old, has a long and fascinating career in journalism.
Nikolai Alekseev and Sergey Yenin give a speech on the situation of LGBT Rights in their home countries at Pride House.
German Parliament Member and Human Rights activist Volker Beck meets up with Nikolai and Sergey. To know more about Volker Beck’s long career in Human Rights click here : http://www.volkerbeck.de/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=348&Itemid=105
We were also able to meet up with some of the team of Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride. From left to right are Ken Coolen, Morris Chapdelaine, and Bob Christie. Their site is located here http://biggaymovie.com/
Sergey is prepared for a TV interview on Gay Rights in Belarus.
Protestors threw eggs, yelled hate speech, gave out bibles and some even threw holy water. However, there was a very large police presence and I didn’t hear of anyone being physically assaulted.
But of course the Pride went on. I thought it was a very good mix of a party atmosphere and a Human Rights demonstration.
Poland holds the first EuroPride ever in eastern Europe. Around 8,000 people attended and no one was physically assaulted. It was a fine day.