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Prominent LGBT activists from Eastern Europe gather in Oslo for EuroPride

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Prominent LGBT activists from Eastern Europe gather in Oslo for EuroPride

Celebrating IDAHOT, LLH - The Norwegian LGBT Organisation, Amnesty International and the Norwegian Helsingfors Committee take the occasion to launch an initiative to bring prominent LGBT activists from Eastern Europe together at EuroPride 2014 in Oslo, Norway. 

Uniting against the homophobic backlash in Eastern Europe, prominent LGBT activist from six countries will meet and develop common strategies at Pride House during EuroPride 2014 in Oslo, brought together by LLH - the Norwegian LGBT Organisation, Amnesty International and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

"Our three organisations want to support Eastern European LGBT activists to meet and develop common strategies. We also want to learn how we in the West may stand in solidarity with the East in the struggle for human rights for all", says Bård Nylund, leader of the Norwegian LGBT Organisation, on the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

During the EuroPride celebrations in Oslo, from June 20th to June 29th, human rights activists from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania and Latvia gather in Oslo to discuss common strategies and mutual learning.

"When the conservative forces opposing the fundamental human rights of sexual and gender minorities unite and cooperate across borders, human rights activists must respond with an even greater capacity to build alliances", says John Peder Egenæs, Director of Amnesty International Norway.

Human rights and the freedom of expression
Human rights and the freedom of expression in Eastern Europe are affected by a number of new laws that impact LGBT persons: anti-propaganda legislation, blasphemy laws, foreign agent laws and laws designed to “protect” children and youth. For Eastern European nationalists, homosexuality has come to symbolise the West.

"It seems like Eastern and Western European countries are competing for the right to define whether the rights of sexual minorities are compatible with so-called ´traditional and family values´", says General Secretary Bjørn Engesland of the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, and goes on. "By denying LGBT people their human rights, policymakers and extremist groups claim to protect the family and the nation from the ´West¨".

The Eastern European LGBT activists will also participate in a series of public seminars for the benefit of the EuroPride participants and the general public during the ten day long festival.

"There is a great concern about the backlash against human rights in Eastern Europe, but few are aware of how human rights activists work to counter harmful legislation and promote acceptance," Nylund concludes.




Oslo Pride is the largest Pride festival in Norway, and in 2014 we are the hosts of EuroPride.  

EuroPride in Oslo will be held from Friday 20th June to Sunday 29th June 2014. During our ten-day festival, we shall through art, culture, politics and parties set human rights and lhbtiq issues on the agenda. 

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Oslo Pride 2015

Oslo Pride is the largest Pride festival in Norway. ​Oslo Pride is a ten day long festival.
The programme in 2015 consists of over 130 free events - debates, workshops and parties.

The three main pillars of the festival is:
1. Pride House (free entrance: the political arena at the House of Litterature June 19.-21)
2. Pride Park (free shows, conserts and more at Spikersuppa - in the middle of Oslo - June 24.-27)
3. Oslo Pride Parade (June 27th).

2.000 persons visited Pride House in 2014, 50.000 visited Pride Park and 20.000 marched in the parade.

Oslo Pride were the hosts of EuroPride 2014.

Oslo Pride
Oslo Pride
Tollbugata 24
0157 Oslo