TBILISI, Georgia â On May 13, 2013, a hundred or so members of Georgiaâs LGBTQ community celebrated International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on the streets of Tbilisi. But the celebration turned ugly quickly, with many claiming they wereÂ physically assaulted by demonstrators from the Orthodox Parentsâ Union and the Georgian Orthodox Church.
This was not an isolated incident. Protected â on paper at least â by laws and anti-discriminatory measures, LGBTQ people in Georgia are frequent victims of institutional discrimination and, often, violent physical assault.
Their exclusion from mainstream society, many of them say, can be chalked up to the …read more
Source: POLITICO – Europe Edition