Gay pride in Minsk: Glam Tram

In a country with notoriously homophobic President, dubbed by many as the “Last Dictatorship of Europe”, gays and lesbians are people of the second sort. Although homosexuality has been decriminalized in Belarus over twenty years ago, LGBT still is very much a hated and ridiculed minority, deprived of basic rights – like freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

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In a country with notoriously homophobic President, dubbed by many as the “Last Dictatorship of Europe”, gays and lesbians are people of the second sort. Although homosexuality has been decriminalized in Belarus over twenty years ago, LGBT still is very much a hated and ridiculed minority, deprived of basic rights – like freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.

There is a trend though: the more homophobic rhetoric we hear, the less scared the people are – and that includes gays and lesbians (bisexuals in Belarus just do not consider themselves a part of LGBT equation and transgender people in general keep low profile). No so much as flamboyant L and G.

So when the Mingorispolkom (the municipality of Belarus capital Minsk) has refused the LGBT group “Gay Belarus” the right to parade in street, the gays took the matters to their hands – and hired a party tram.

Regular tram, following the standard route – it was all full of rainbows on October 11, as Gay Belarus was celebrating the Coming Out day – and became the Glam Tram!

We want pride to be a European celebration. We choose formats that are fun, bright and allow us to convey our message. We happy that we managed to get away with Pride Tram and that many people saw us

The whole journey took slightly over an hour and the Glam Tram crossed most of the Belarus capital – most importantly during the rush hour, to allow for maximum exposure.

Photo: Charter97.org