May 17: Anti-Homophobia and Family Purity Day events take place simultaneously in Georgia
17 May, 2017
May 17: Anti-Homophobia and Family Purity Day events take place simultaneously in Georgia
May 17th features two different events: one part of the society marks the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in Georgia while the other part celebrates the Family Purity Day that was established by the Georgian Orthodox Church in 2014.
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LGBT activists' gathering

Separate rallies and marches were held by both sides in several locations. LGBT activists ga
thered in front of the building of the Government Administration in Tbilisi to express their opinions publicly and defend their right to the freedom of speech. During the demonstration police blocked the roads leading to the area in order to defend the participants and avoid clashes between opposing parties.
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Family Purity Day celebration in Tbilisi

In other part of the city the Family Purity Day was celebrated in five different locations through marches. Clergy, parishioners and participants of the demonstration marched on the main streets and finally ended up at the Holy Trinity Cathedral where Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II welcomed them.

Police took safety measures and both events were carried out peacefully.

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Ilia II surrounded by children in Sameba Cathedral, Photo by Ana Marshania

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