Diversity March (Gay Parade) at GayFest, Bucharest, Romania
Diversity March (Gay Parade) at GayFest (6th edition) in Bucharest, Romania. March for equality and civil partnership. Bucharest, Romania. 23/05/09.
Held by the Romanian Accept Organization, 2009's Diversity March is part of GayFest, reaching its 6th edition. Its main purpose, like in the previous years, was the civil partnership.
Around 200 persons joined the march, the majority being part of the LGBT community. There was as well a small number of foreigners and several persons wearing inscriptions like "Not gay but tolerant".
Although none of the Romanian officials was present, 2009's GayFest March was joined by Robin Barnett, the British ambassador in Bucharest, Jaap L. Werner - the Dutch ambassador, Mats Aberg - the Swedish ambassador and Petr Doklada, the ambassador of the Czech Republic in Bucharest. There were as well several foreign members of the European Parliament and diplomats' families.
Following the aggressive incidents which happened in the previous years during and after the Gay Parade, this was the first year with no incidents as the participants were highly protected, over 700 policemen securing the closed area where only the manifestants and the journalists were allowed.