Minsk Gay Pride 2011 will take place from 11 to 23 October

Submitted by Viachaslau Bortnik

The organizers of the Minsk Gay Pride sent a statement to the Minsk City Executive Committee on the march in support of tolerance towards homosexuals, which is scheduled for 22 October 2011.

"Minsk Gay Pride is a human rights forum, we will speak about the right to be ourselves. Not all Belarusians are still equal and have equal rights, in particular, homosexuals, bisexuals, transgender people still can not be themselves in this country, despite the decriminalization of homosexuality in Belarus in 1994 and free sex-change operations. LGBT community is still forced to hide their identity, to lie to others, family, invent ways to "trick" the legislation seek to justify its own weakness - it is a problem," said the chairman of the organizing committee of the Minsk Pride and chairman of the Human Rights Project "GayBelarus" Siarhei Androsenka.

Organizers of the Minsk Pride want to see homosexuals in Belarus as happy, honest and proud people. Today, this large group of Belarus citizens don't even dream of the right to be themselves, and beatings of homosexuals or heterosexuals who are seemed to look like the stereotypical gay man - became a common practice.

Minsk Gay Pride 2011 website: http://pride.gaybelarus.by/index_en.php

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