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Bulgaria’s main nationalist party proposes ban on gay pride events

Friday, February 7, 2014

SOFIA, Bulgaria –¬ Bulgaria’s right wing party Ataka (“Attack” in Bulgarian) has proposed a draft bill to bans gay pride marches.

A previous amendment that would have criminalized homosexual behavior, was rejected by the Bulgaria’s Parliament last week, on the grounds it would violate European Union (EU) law and European Convention of Human Rights.

bulgariaIn response, Ataka has drafted an amendment to the Law on Gatherings, Meetings and Manifestations stating: “No meetings or demonstrations can be held with the purpose of public display of homosexual orientation or affiliation”.

The amendment states that people, associations, and political or other public organizations that would organize such events are to be fined between 5,000 to 10,000 BGN (approximately $3,500 – $7,000 USD).

Ataka’s leader, Volen Siderov, said that gay pride marches are not only “an assault on public morality and values, but also represent public incitement to vandalism and antisocial acts. ”

Siderov, well known for his anti-Semitism, told the daily Dvnevik that he believed that the amendment meets the “public’s expectations for the protection of traditional family model and morals, and the protection of civil peace and public safety.”

Last weekend, two Ataka lawmakers advocated the bill on national TV, warning that Pride marches “interferes with normal people” and that LGBT activists were pushing for the legalization of “incest and zoophilia” via the EU.

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“Bulgaria, like Russia and other Eastern European countries, is very conservative regarding LGBT rights, and Ataka is trying to use this amendment as a populist topic ahead of the upcoming elections for the European Parliament,” Radoslav Stoyanov, of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee organization for the protection of human rights, told LGBTQ Nation.

“Last year, for example, we had a small Pride event in contrast to three anti-gay marches around the country” with the support of Ataka, he added.

Stoyanov also said that such language from senior public figures amount to “hate incitement and have a profound impact on LGBT people “who find it difficult to come out and accept themselves in such a hostile climate or see no option but to leave the country.”

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  1. They are less than nothing… keep your bigotry to yourself.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:57pm
  2. Pardon my french, but what the fuck is up with these baltic countries and homophobia?!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:58pm
  3. bulgaria is balkan... but this is not going to pass...

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:00pm
  4. Bulgaria is not a baltic country it is a country on the black sea. It is a former eastern block country. The problem is orthodox christianity.

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:01pm
  5. Balkan

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:01pm
  6. And the problem is they were Communist also.. ie backwards

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:14pm
  7. Thank you Pup; I wrote the same above.

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:30pm
  8. its those devils disciple's..the american evangelical society who are going around the world to the illiterate and the weakminded,going around showing slides and films of gay sex,and they also warned them about the children,wont somebody think of the children!..fuking religion and all theyre idiot followers... IMAGINE,NO RELIGION...ahhhh,what a wonderful day that will be,and so it shall be so one day..i have a dream! :)

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:34pm
  9. Well, excuse me. Baltic...balkan...easy to confuse.

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:40pm
  10. Hmmmm..let me guess. Christians?

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:58pm
  11. you got it!!

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:03pm
  12. not real christians.....but hypocrits

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:51pm
  13. Shame on them.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:59pm
  14. This is what comes of appeasement, as in Sochi. It encourages all the other bigots.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:00pm
  15. I think we need to send #RuPaul and the other ladies over there to clear this situation quickly.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:01pm
  16. :-(

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:01pm
  17. Lol

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:02pm
  18. Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:02pm
  19. these countries are not exactly democratic as far as freedoms in there constitutions

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:03pm
  20. They profane the name of this city by proposing such evil.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:04pm
  21. Typical Russian Satellite country!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:07pm
  22. They should all jump up in the black sea n Die!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:11pm
  23. Rise of the Nazis

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:13pm
  24. like i said- all the balkan states NEVER should have joined or should be allowed in the future to join the eu!!!go back to big brother russia, where you belong!medievil fucks!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:14pm
  25. Some places I will not be going…….

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:15pm
  26. plus the yhave NOTHING, the eu needs!they just want our money but keep their medievil and barbaric habits-bitches: NO-NO!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:16pm
  27. I think there should be a world-wide ban on right-wing parties.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:20pm
  28. There are good people in every country; it isnt fair to generalize an entire country of people based on some stupid ones. My sister-in-law is from Bulgaria and she has a very sweet family. Unfortunately, it is not the sort of country that people have freedom of speech and can speak their mind; it is a very corrupt country. I feel for the people that have to live there; saying they all should die is not compassionate nor helpful.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:22pm
  29. Well.. f**k them

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:26pm
  30. KICK Bulgaria OUT OF THE United Nations!!!..if they are in there…EVOLVE YOUR BELIEFS Bulgarian Public Relations Society The Bulgarian Voices Angelite Bulgarian.. SHAME!!..

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:27pm
  31. Notice that many/most of these anti-gay countries have now, or had in the past, a political process dominated by orthodox clergy.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:29pm
  32. Looks like all the commies think alike!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:29pm
  33. Exactly, Garrett. Indoctrination over hundreds of years.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:29pm
  34. It’s the influence of the Catholic church quietly working behind the scenes – like they’ve done the last 700 years to oust and kill gays.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:30pm
  35. Evil demonic homophobic and stupid!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:30pm
  36. Wow.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:31pm
  37. FUCKING RELIGION!!!!! FUCKING STUPID PEOPLE :-/

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:32pm
  38. Gay people are awesome as far as the rest of you fuck u my friend enjoy your day

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:35pm
  39. …nationalist parties, the same Nazis with fantasy names all over Europe… :/

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:36pm
  40. It’s in an economic crisis since capitalistic was restored now they need a scapegoat!!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:38pm
  41. Thank you for sharing

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:38pm
  42. OMG, Eastern Europe… what the fuck is wrong with you????

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:46pm
  43. boooooooo

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:51pm
  44. Nazis resurgent in Bulgaria.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:55pm
  45. Then leave the EU please!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:55pm
  46. Id thought that the world was progressing at the age of fourty something. Then it went backwards what with russia, parts of Africa
    , india. What Is biting their ass?!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:00pm
  47. Without stereotyping people, or swearing about it, the point here is: Aren’t there much more importnat things that need to be legislated about. Really, it seems to be the current fad to fuss about gays – please get a life and get on with more important matters!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:02pm
  48. Then won’t be traveling there as a tourist

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:03pm
  49. Independent, autonomous, self-directed thinking is NOT welcome when religion controls the strings of any nation.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:14pm
  50. Don’t these countries have pressing problems to deal with? Let the LGBT community live their lives. Who are they harming? It’s unconscionable that those governments are making it legal to hate, maim & even kill LGBT folk.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:21pm
  51. Everybody knows that gay parties are the best….and Bulgaria….your OFF the party list from now on. Fueda!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:22pm
  52. Appalling.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:29pm
  53. Here we go again! EU rules should stop this!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:36pm
  54. My Bulgarian friends say this is a fringe party-kind of like the Tea Party here. They say the country itself is very gay-friendly and you are mischaracterizing them based on the actions of this small, vocal minority.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:38pm