2006-08-14 10:35:00

Several hundred people take part in a gay parade in Tallinn

Tallinn, August 14, Interfax - A gay parade dubbed 'Tallinn Pride 2006' involving some 500 representatives of non-traditional sexual orientation was held on Saturday in the capital city of Estonia.

Gays and lesbians marched through the Old City, Vyshgorod and the City Hall Square, carrying an enormous banner running, 'With equal obligations come equal rights'. These words became the motto of the parade.

Participants carried posters reading, 'Love does not choose sex', 'Me, too!' Children can also be raised in homo-families!' 'Anarchists against homophobia!' as well as national flags of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland and rainbow banners symbolizing the sexual minorities movement.

The town folk's response to the florid crowd varied from hissing and abusive screams to cry-outs 'Long live homos!'

It was the third sexual minorities' parade in Estonia. The first one was held in 2004.

It was also the central event of a Same-Sex Week opened in Estonia and August 7. This time it was devoted to same-sex family. Organizers raised the question of the need to adopt a law permitting same-sex marriages in Estonia. The week ended on Sunday with a picnic to which same-sex couples with a long record were invited. It was arranged in the Kadriorg Park, close to President Arnold Ruutel's residence.