This weekend was the Pride Parade in Bucharest. I managed to get a few shots, but it was quite surprising to see so little attendance. Nothing compared to the ones in Mexico or Brazil, probably no more than 100 people attended, and that is being optimistic.
I asked some people from the LGBT community why so little people attended and their reply was quite saddening:
“Actually this year we had a bigger attendance. Romania is a homophobic country in which we Gays have to hide our preferences and not show any gesture of attention in public. Many of us are afraid to come out in public because of social repercussion, and been rejected by friends, family and in work. Many of our friends haven´t come out, nor will do, because they don´t want to be jeopardize in their daily activities”.
He also told me that part of the problem is how religious was the country and how Orthodox Church has brainwashed people. I did bumped into a priest who was just standing there, not related to the parade, and his comments did backed up what I was told. He was highly disrespectful towards the LGBT community, he actually told me that they were the root to all evil.. 😦 I guess there is still a long way to go.
Some pictures related and not related to the parade….