Wed, May 22 2013
Last year's rally was subject to violent attacks
Events to promote equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have been banned or subject to threats and violence in Moscow, Bratislava, Vilnius and Chisinau, and Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg says the European Court has ruled that states are obliged to protect peaceful gatherings.
September 20 2009 event planned against background of homophobic graffiti and memories of a 2001 event that ended in turmoil.
Despite a modest turnout, those who participated in the Rainbow Friendship parade 2009 had something to celebrate when they reached the Red House.
Four religious communities join Bulgarian Christian Orthodox church and the country's Muslim community in their calls for a ban on the Rainbow Friendship march scheduled for June 27
Western embassies support the Rainbow parade after criticism from conservative groups and the clergy and silence from politicians
Group of theology students march through Sofia, saying that Rainbow Friendship Rally planned for June 27 is dangerous and immoral
We are not against self determination but against the insolent demonstration of homosexual orientation organisers say
Nancy McEldowney becomes second Western ambassador, after the UK’s Steve Williams, to issue a statement of support for Bulgaria’s second gay pride parade.
Steve Williams, British ambassador to Bulgaria, sent out a statement unequivocally supporting the upcoming second gay pride parade in Sofia.
International Queer Solidarity Network called for international support for Bulgaria's second Gay Pride parade.
At about 4.25pm on June 28, on Мостът на влюбените (The Lovers' bridge) near the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, there are only random onlookers and a pack of journalists waiting under the blazing sun. Cameras and camcorders rise in the air, ready to catch some action. Then suddenly, police officers begin to roam about the gathered people. After heated debates and a preceding Week of Intolerance, declared by the Bulgarian National Union (BNU), the first gay parade in Bulgaria is expected to begin in 5 minutes.
A display of greater maturity and healthier morality by Bulgarian society in its reaction to plans for a gay pride parade in Sofia would have been encouraging. A succession of reports on the state of human rights in Bulgaria and by commentators with a special interest in gay issues have expressed profound concern at enduring homophobia in the country. As recently as December 2007, a survey by the Skala agency found
Amid threats of mass-staged protests and opposition from political and religious quarters, Bulgaria will see its first ever gay parade on June 28 in Sofia. After the announcement of the event, the right-wing Bulgarian National Union (BNU) reacted with a news conference on June 22, where it declared a Week of Intolerance. The union has vowed to organise a counter-event on the day of the parade, a protest
The funding is provided under the foreign military sales programme of the US army's Program Executive Office of Simulation, Training and Instrumentation.
The UK nationals were arrested after throwing beer bottles at people after being refused entry to a restaurant that had closed for the night.
Restoration and development projects include Madara Horseman, Arbanassi fortress, Magura cave.
Simeon Saxe-Coburg and his spouse Margarita opened a new heating and insulation system at the Tsar Ferdinand Hospital for Pulmonary Diseases in Iskrets, a project implemented thanks to the Embassy of the Sovereign Order of Malta in Sofia and the Nando Peretti Foundation.
According to the law's provisions, the commission will have the power to investigate individuals without prior notification and would not require a criminal conviction in order to launch an investigation.