Moldova Pride: “Marching for Equality – Because I Live Here”
May 13th kicked off a week of Pride celebrations in Moldova’s capital city Chisinau. The annual caption “Rainbow over the Dniester” continues to raise awareness regarding the issues and struggles faced by LGBT people in Moldova.
Since the historic passing on the Law Ensuring Equality in 2012, this year’s pride parade became only the third time that a legally sanctioned pride parade took place in Chisinau. Organised by Civil Rights Defenders long-term partner GENDERDOC-M the event continues to grow and provides on-going support to the LGBT community.
The theme for the pride march focused on Marching for Equality under the banner “Because I live here” and saw over 150 participants from the LGBT community, international organisations and international representatives take to the streets. Despite some opposition to the parade with hateful slogans, the Moldovan Police lived up to their obligations and provided the necessary protection to all those who attended.
“It is crucial for Civil Rights Defenders to provide support to our partner GENDERDOC-M and ensure the rights of LGBT people so as to foster tolerance in society. Civil Rights Defenders endeavours through our partners to make LGBT people visible in Moldova and ensure that their rights are respected. Moldovan authorities must continue to legislate for an equal society with respect for diversity” says Alesia Vidruk, Programme Officer for Moldova at Civil Rights Defenders.
Tags: Chisinau, Freedom of assembly, Moldova, and Pride.