BUCHAREST PRIDE 2017

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Bucharest Pride – Bucharest PRIDE organizing committee invites you to the LGBT annual festival dedicated to the rights! Between the 14th and the 20th of May, we expect events dedicated to the LGBT community and those who want to know more about LGBT culture and life in Romania: community meetings, exhibitions, films, discussions, conferences and, of course, the Marsh of Diversity! Keep talking using #bucharestpride and #sustinlgbt hashtags! Bucharest, Romania; May 14-20, 2017

Bucharest Pride 2017
Photo by Stefan Botez

Bucharest Pride, known previously as GayFest, is the annual festival dedicated to LGBT rights in Romania, taking place in Bucharest for nearly a week. It first took place in 2004 and now occurs in May–June of each year, culminating with the March of Diversity (Romanian: Marșul Diversității). It is organized by the non-profit organization ACCEPT, the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organization. The festival also receives funding from the Romanian Ministry of Health and the National Council for Combating Discrimination, as well as a number of private organizations, such as the Open Society Institute and the British Council in Romania.

Bucharest Pride features various LGBT cultural events, such as film screenings, art exhibitions, theater, and parties, as well as seminars and debates concerning LGBT social issues; since 2005 the festival has also included a gay pride parade.

ACCEPT is the first non-governmental human rights organization in Romania to defend and promote LGBT rights (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) nationwide, considering that sexual orientation and gender identity are simple characteristics of the human being. ACCEPT contributed to the decriminalization of homosexuality in Romania (2001) and has since organized several events including the first GayPride in Romania (2005), at the GayFest festival. In addition, ACCEPT is working to support workshops for police, doctors, psychologists and teachers. Over the last 20 years, ACCEPT’s activities have been divided between advocacy, legal assistance, especially in cases of hate crimes, capacity building and development of the LGBT community, cultural and social activities to promote inclusion.

In April 2016, the ACCEPT Association won the first case against Romania for failing to respect LGBT rights at the ECHR. The court has sanctioned the state for the conduct of criminal investigation bodies in investigating hate crimes committed after the 2006 Marsh of Diversity.

Also in 2016, ACCEPT brought before the Constitutional Court of Romania the first case in which a same-sex couple claimed their rights in a Romanian court.

Relu Adrian Coman and his husband, American citizen Robert Clabourn Hamilton, sued the Romanian state following a refusal to recognize their marriage in Brussels in 2010. Romanian authorities also refuse to recognize the family relationship between spouses. In the absence of this recognition, the Coman-Hamilton spouses can not settle in Romania, as the right to reside is granted exclusively to family members. Currently, Clai Hamilton can not legally reside in Romania for longer than 3 months as a family member, although he is married to a Romanian citizen. Although their marriage is legal, it is not recognized by the Romanian authorities. If Adrian Coman had married a woman and not a man, this case would not have existed.

The ACCEPT Association and the Anti-Discrimination Coalition are alongside their two spouses in an attempt to defend their right to family and free movement. Iustina Ionescu, a human rights lawyer, has been before the courts since 2013.

On November 29, 2016, the Romanian Constitutional Court decided to consult the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the harmonious interpretation of Community legislation on the right to free movement for European citizens living in same-sex couples. The decision to consult European judges is a historic one, being the first time the CCR sends preliminary questions to the Luxembourg court. The CJEU will also be confronted with a concrete question for the first time on the meaning of the term “spouses” in the context of the European Directive on the right to free movement, in order to clarify whether it includes same-sex spouses. By this decision, the RAC shows that Romania, however, belongs to a European area of values that can not be separated and can not be isolated.


Seasons of Pride is pleased to present the Gay Pride or LGBTQ Pride Calendar for 2017.  You will find Gay Pride events, LGBT Film Festivals, and the Gay Travel Events like Gay Ski Weeks. We do our best to try and keep up with all the events, but sometimes we miss one or two.

If your event is not listed, just drop us an email to info@seasonsofpride.com

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