2016-05-17 10:00:00

Homosexuals give up the idea to hold an action in Tbilisi fearing for their safety

***They wanted to gather in the place where Orthodox believers celebrate the Day of Family Strength

Tbilisi, May 17, Interfax - Representatives of the Georgian LGBT community decided not to hold an action dedicated to the International Day of War on Homophobia and Transphobia as they do not believe that authorities will manage to provide the security of the participants.

"We categorically demanded to take measures for securing the safety of a free meeting at Rustaveli Avenue, but it did not have any results: the government did not provide us with any guarantees for holding a safe event," a statement distributed by the LGBT-Georgia public organization reads.

It is noted that the authorities suggested homosexuals to gather on May 17 at any other place of the capital, not in the center of Tbilisi, where actions dedicated to the Day of Family Strength established by Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia are to take place. It was suggested to hold an action at Rustaveli Avenue on May 19 in order to avoid the situation happened three years ago.

As was reported, on May 17, 2013, several thousands of people, including clerics and members of public organizations, interrupted an action for LGTB rights in Tbilisi. According to the information of the Health Ministry, 28 people including policemen and a journalist suffered injuries.

In 2014, sexual minorities did not celebrate May 17, considering that the state was not able to provide security for them, and only last year their actions on the day were held without any incidents in Georgia.