(BRATISLAVA, 24 February 2012) The Rainbow PRIDE Bratislava will take place this year on Saturday, 9 June. However the organisers promise in 2012 an even more colourful week of cultural accompanying events that will culminate by a march trough the city centre.
The civic association Queer Leaders Forum explains the need to organise another year of the event for equality of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people with an ongoing lack of interest from politicians in dealing with the issue; it also connects it with the current state in the Slovak society.
"The Slovak Republic is being tossed in the "Gorila" affair, discontent people protest in thousands in squares. The LGBT people are a part of this discontent crowd, not only for what all this affair explicitly incarnates but also because for more than ten years we are being told by Slovak politicians that it is not the right time for solving our problems and legal equality of same-sex relationships.
They reason with the society not being prepared yet and with disruption of traditional families. But the reality suggests that it is them who contributed the most to the disruption of families, not only the heterosexual ones. Here no counter-arguments can hold up any longer. We lack rights to legitimately enter partnerships, to have the possibility to adopt children of our partners, we are angry, that this topic is being constantly and systematically swept under the rug of political unwillingness, and therefore we will march this year again," says the event's director Romana Schlesinger.
"Slovak lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people, but also our close ones, our heterosexual parents, siblings, our friends, we all are already tired from endless waiting for appropriateness or inappropriateness of the political situation. We need the rights we demand for the quality of our family life and for our children," Roman Kollárik, one of the organisers of the Rainbow PRIDE Bratislava, commented the political ignorance.
The Rainbow PRIDE Bratislava 2012 is the Slovak march for equality of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people. Its goal is to achieve a full family life for LGBT people and their families, to call attention to the existence of issues and missing rights of lesbians, gays, bi and transgender people and to achieve systematic and state-supported removal of all forms of discrimination and social stigmatisation they are being exposed to in everyday life.
Last but not least, one of its goal is also fun and public celebration of the LGBT community pride. It is organised by the civic association Queers Leaders Forum and a informal group of activists.
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