Thursday, 14 May 2009

City Council cancels Baltic Pride event



City councillors in Riga, Latvia, have decided to cancel 'Baltic Pride', the LGBT celebration due to take place in Riga this weekend.

The annual gay pride march was scheduled to take place in the Latvian capital on Saturday, to coincide with a weekend of events marking IDAHO, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on Sunday 17 May.

But on Tuesday 34 out of 60 members of Riga City Council voted to ban the march on the grounds of public morality.

As if public morality is harmed more by celebrating freedom than banning marches! I think their city councillors have forgotten that they are in the EU now, not the Soviet Union, and respecting human rights to free speech, free assembly and freedom from discrimination are as essential requirement of Latvia's accession to the union in the first place.

It makes me realise how our Brighton and Hove Tories aren't so bad after all. As a city councillor in Brighton, I can't imagine any of my colleagues seeking to ban Pride here.

Maybe drunkenly suggest that 'all gays are paedophiles...' when they think no-one's listening, but they'd never have the bottle to try and silence Brighton's LGBT community, whatever they, and their neo-fascist bedfellows in the European Parliament, really think.

Jean Lambert, London's Green MEP, is reportedly outraged by the decision, and has promised to raise the decision with European Commission.

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