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Video and photo: Minsk Gay Pride 2012 culminates in streetcar ride

Video and photo: Minsk Gay Pride 2012 culminates in streetcar ride

A series of 15 events collectively named the LGBT Human Rights Forum Minsk Gay Pride 2012 ended Thursday with a ride on a rented streetcar.

Decorated with rainbow flags and balloons, the streetcar departed from the Zyalyony Luh neighborhood at 3:40 p.m. with a two dozen gay rights activists on board and made its way through the center of Minsk to its final destination, Myasnikova Square.

On October 11, people around the world celebrate Coming Out Day, Siarhei Androsenka, one of the organizers of the  Minsk Gay Pride 2012, told reporters.

We want to show that gays and lesbians are citizens of Belarus like others,” Mr. Androsenka said. “They have nothing to be ashamed of. They have the right to hold a festival, be themselves, organize into groups and enjoy concerts.

Report of "BelGazeta":

On the positive side, the Belarusian public has become more tolerant of sexual minorities, Mr. Androsenka noted. “I’ve been an organizer of three Gay Prides,” he said. “The 2010 march was dispersed by the police. The 2011 march was held in a semi-clandestine manner, but now we are riding on a streetcar at the center of Minsk. In addition, as for people’s reaction to our events, I can say that there are fewer offensive remarks about gays.

Video and photo: Minsk Gay Pride 2012 culminates in streetcar ride

The main goal of the Minsk Gay Pride is to “make the public treat sexual minorities in such a way that there is no longer a need for Gay Prides,Mr. Androsenka said. “This will happen when we become an equal part of society, when nobody tells anyone whom to love and how, and when there is no discrimination in society.

Video and photo: Minsk Gay Pride 2012 culminates in streetcar ride

Video and photo: Minsk Gay Pride 2012 culminates in streetcar ride

Video and photo: Minsk Gay Pride 2012 culminates in streetcar ride

Video and photo: Minsk Gay Pride 2012 culminates in streetcar ride

Video and photo: Minsk Gay Pride 2012 culminates in streetcar ride

Video and photo: Minsk Gay Pride 2012 culminates in streetcar ride

More photos from Minsk Pride 2012: http://vk.com/album-1936042_163116951

Author: GayBelarus

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