2006-08-07 13:28:00

Week of sexual minorities to open in Tallinn

Tallinn, August 7, Interfax - The Tallinn Pride 2006 week of sexual minorities will start in the Estonian capital on Monday evening, with participants being able to watch movies and go on a picnic. The week will culminate in a pride parade, a source in the information center of the Estonian Union of Gays and Lesbians told Interfax.

"The week will focus on the problems of homosexual families and gay partnership," the source said.

An exhibition entitled "We are a Family" and a seminar will be held at the Viru Hotel, the source said.

"Local activists of the movement asked the Estonian parliament to draft a law permitting homosexual families this January, but there is still no answer," week co-organizer Maali Kabin said.

There will be movies, a volleyball tournament and a gay and lesbian family picnic at the Kadriorg Park, with a Saturday gay pride parade in downtown Tallinn forming the central event of the week. About 500 people from Estonia and abroad are expected to take part in the parade.

This is the third homosexual festival in Estonia. The first gay pride parade was held in 2004.