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Friday, July 22, 2005

Latvia's Pride is On

Am I the only one who finds it utterly hilarious that I tried to sign into Dyke Squad using the login name Duke Squad?

Anyway, a few days ago I was going to post about Latvia's Prime Minister banning a gay pride parade. But before I got a chance, the courts said it could go on:

A Latvian court has reversed the ban imposed by city authorities on the country’s first ever Gay Pride Parade in Riga tomorrow (Saturday).

The decision was handed down in the Riga District Administrative Court this afternoon.

“We salute the decision of the Court and consider it a victory for democracy and reason over prejudice and hate,” said Pride organizers, Gay and Lesbian Youth Support Group. “It is a victory not just for the LGBT community in Latvia, but for the entire Latvia.”(link)


I try to be careful when saying things are getting better. Just because gay men aren't executed in this country (at least, legally) anymore and lesbians aren't forced to settle down and marry (at least, not ten times out of ten), that doesn't mean things are getting better. Heterosexism and homophobia doesn't attack in mobs so much anymore, but it's still present anywhere.

But every once in a while, I get a bit of news like this and feel like maybe - but only maybe - I can feel like things are improving.

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