Sunday, May 17, 2009

Call to support Budapest Pride

Today, May 17th, is the International Day Against Homophobia. This was chosen as the day of the event because this is the day that homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1992. Today also follows on the heels of hearing about the protestors arrested in Moscow for trying to bring attention to the plight of LGBT people in Russia. Irina Fedotova, a 30-year-old public relations consultant, who has been beaten up twice by extremists, says "It's very difficult to be openly gay in Moscow." "It causes problems with your family, at work, and in the community. You can be beaten up on the street, on public transport or when you leave a nightclub."

Homophobia runs deep in Russia and the former Soviet Union, and the organizers of Budapest Pride, the Rainbow Mission Foundation, have asked for our help.

Their Website is:

Take solidarity with the 14th Budapest Pride! In the past two years the gay festival and pride march suffered atrocities. The organizers are asking for your help. How can you express your solidarity?

Come visit Budapest! Let us be a huge crowd! Express your solidarity in person! We warmly welcome everyone at the 14th Budapest Gay Festival (a film and cultural festival) from 5 to 12 July, and especially at the Gay Pride March from 3 pm on 11th, Saturday.

Send us a video message! Make a few seconds long video message with camera, skype, etc., which contains the phrase ‘Budapest Pride’ and says that you will be there in person or support us in spirit. We are making a similar spot with Hungarian participants; you can join this project with your video message.

Support Budapest LGBT Festival! As we haven’t found enough sponsors, the sustainability of the festival has become endangered. We need a minimum of 10 000 Euros to organize our festival. If there are 500 people to offer 20 Euros each, we will be able to stage the festival. We are happy to receive donations of any size. Donations are easy to send through the PayPal system on our website: