It’ll be interesting to see how this passes off, if society in the Czech Republic has made any progress since joining the EU. It will be embarrassing for both them and the EU is anything near like what happens in Russia were to happen here.
A recent study conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago indicates that 27 more countries have a high approval rating of homosexuality. There were four that decreased in acceptance, i.e. Russia, Cyprus, Latvia and surprisingly, the Czech Republic.
The top five with the highest approval were Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway and another surprise, Switzerland. I’d be interested to know why Sweden and Canada were not in the top 5 and where the UK was placed.
I agree, I did think a lot was missing from that report.
Good Luck Prague.
Here’s hoping for a good one and a new tradition to such a beautiful capital.
The fact is that this is Czech republic’s fourth consecutive Gay pride parade (after Brno 2008, 2010 and Tábor 2009). Now they just make more fuss of it because its in the capital. I’m looking forward to it and hope the extremists won’t come looking for trouble and that the pplice will be more prepared than in Brno three years ago.
On the other hand, Prague is very open to minorities (and some people just don’t care) so I wouldn’t expect any major complications.
It’s surprising that the Czech Republic is so far behind on gay recognition and even more surprising that it’s one of only four countries recently surveyed that were becoming MORE homophobic. Since it is one of the LEAST religious countries in the world and is so progressive in other ways, I can’t imagine how they could be falling behind.
I am very pleased to hear of the first Pride in Prague. I am surprised that it is the first.
My experience of gay life in Prague has been positive (as a visitor) and I enjoyed my brief stay there.
I did also note the the Czech Republic had growing disapproval of homosexuality in the research referred to by other posters above. I hope the Pride organisers made efforts to demonstrate a positive and strong stance that integrates well into Czech society.
The Czech Republic is one of the most liberal Central European countries in regards to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) rights. In 2006 it legalized registered partnerships for same-sex couples. Furthermore, the Army doesn’t question the sexual orientation of soldiers, and allows homosexuals to serve openly. Homosexual prostitution was decriminalized in 1990.
Contrast this with Greece, which has had gay pride celebrations for several years. The Greek Orthodox Church and a homophobic gov’t policy has effectively stopped any and all attempts to legalize same-sex relationships, or integrate gays into the Greek military.
Greece is a shame-based society, and despite 3000 years of bisexual history, open homosexuality is frowned on and considered to be “unmanly”. Greek gay activists tend to be somewhat timid in their approach to dealing with the government and don’t appear to be interested in adopting successful strategies used by their gay brothers and sisters from more progressive European societies. Also, it’s not uncommon to find grown children still living with their families, from whom their gayness is hidden or unacknowledged. One Greek gay friend put it this way, “We don’t want to wind- up like Mathew Shepard or Harvey Milk.”
Truth about Greece is that we re now very near to passing a law for gay civil partnerships recognition. Unfortunately the bad economical situation is putting it off. Hopefuly not for too long. Nevertheless greek gays still have to overcome the unmanly gay stereotype.
The army doesn’t care if you re gay or not, you ll serve anyway (compulsory in greece), but police harassment is now minimal , almost extinct!
Athens pride parade is getting biger every year ( 4 June this year) and we re hoping for a euro-pride some time soon..
This kind of “stall”, that the economic situation in Greece is preventing the Greek gov’t from granting civil partnerships to gay couples is BS. Are Greek officials brain-dead or just stupid? Granting partnership/marriage rights would have a positive impact on the economy- the cities would collect fees for licenses & further economic stimulus would occur with the increase in all the arrangements necessary in planning for gay weddings. Greece could become a #1 destination for the gay tourist (a multi-BILLION dollar industry). This happy result can be seen in the more progressive European countries that long ago extended civil rights protections to their LGBT citizens.
“Greece could become a #1 destination for the gay tourist”
I think society needs to change as well as the laws. Greece will not become top of the gay list like Sitges or Amsterdam if the inhabitants are still not tolerant and accepting – and laws help this, but they do not make this, happen.
My personal experience with Greece is it has a long way to go yet.
4 June second Slovak Rainbow Pride Bratislava 2011 here is official video spot http://youtu.be/oZTIIoCsau8
please use English transcript if you do not speak Slovak; PLEASE support Slovak GBLT community!
BTW, I’ve read that chech republic is home to some of the best gay porn movie making in the world. Bel Ami for instance.
If enough of those hunks parade, the chicks will have no choice but to bed with chicks, while the men all stand in line to meet the porno hunks, most of btw, are actually str8, but a little or lot of gay fun is fine when money is involved.
Actualy, Bel Ami is a Slovak company (with headquarters in Prague, Bratislava and Hungary).
About Greece, I studied and lived in Athens for 4,5 months and got to travel, and I think the people are generally acceptant of gays and lesbians, although the Government does nothing about the laws. I saw some lesbian couples and noted that there weren’t any problems with the people around, as well ad my friends knew I was gay and they didn’d care, some of them were actualy cipriot, and they were still really friendly.
We’re an older couple that have traveled widely in Europe, and Prague was one of our favorite stops. We had no problem in our accommodations or in the response we received from natives. Athens, on the other hand was a huge disappointment. We thought we had confirmed reservations at our hotel in the Plaka, only to be turned away (although hard did to tell exactly why). There are a few tavernas/restaurants in the Gazi section, but I would hardly call them especially gay “friendly” or “acceptant”. The only thing that saved our brief stay was our visit to the Acropolis and the Parthenon.
Let’s all go, I need a holiday, and I hear it’s a beautiful place.