LGBT Family Exhibition at Baltic Pride 2011
From 6-9 June 2011, the ILGA-Europe Family Exhibition 'Different Families, Same Love' visited Baltic Pride 2011. The images were exhibited in the cinema Artis, where the opening of the Pride event took place with prominent guest.
The opening ceremony of Baltic Pride 2011 in Tallinn took place on 6 June in cinema Artis. About 70 people gathered to the lobby, among them were members of the Estonian LGBTQ community, straight allies, Pride volunteers, local celebrities, members of the press and representatives of many foreign embassies. After speeches by the Pride organiser Helen Talalaev, British Ambassador Peter Carter, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands Maurits R. Jochems, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of USA Rober Gilchrist and Christian Veske from the Ministry of Social Affairs, all the guests took a sip from the juice-rainbow and headed to watch a great Swedish comedy "Fyra år till" which was the perfect beginning to a joyful week of workshops, exhibitions, parties and the open air concert.
The Baltic Pride week got quite a lot of positive attention in the media which lead to a surprising action by 41 Estonian opinion leaders who put together a statement urging the society to be more accepting toward diversity. The same statement has by now been signed by hundreds of Estonians.