17 May in Tbilisi – Fight against Homophobia and Family Day
17 May, 2019
17 May in Tbilisi – Fight against Homophobia and Family Day
Tbilisi Marks International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on the 17th of May. In 2013, religious fanatics and right-wing, neo-Nazi groups, including several clerics attacked the representatives of the LGBT community. The police had to rescue and evacuate the beaten pro-LGBT rights rally participants on buses.

In 2014 Ilia II, the Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia, came up with the idea to declare 17 May as a Family Holiness Day. Since then, every year on 17 May, a procession with icons and crosses
takes place on Rustaveli Avenue, led by Orthodox priests.

According to the LGBT community, religious and political extremist groups have turned the streets of Tbilisi dangerous for them and they are not planning any event today. They will mark the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia during 18-23 June. The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969.
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17 May 2013

On the other hand, ‘Davitiani’, a youth movement affiliated with the patriarchate, organizes a celebratory procession. The procession will start at 17:00 from the Rose Revolution Square to Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi. According to the movement, the procession will be accompanied by a Gala concert.

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