Several hundred people gathered in the centre of Prague on Monday to
demonstrate support for a bill that would permit same-sex marriage in the
The event in the Lesser Town was organized by the NGO We Are Fair! which has criticized the fact that, although the bill was submitted more that a year ago, the Chamber of Deputies has so far failed to debate it.
The NGO has called for the lower house to debate the bill at its session in mid-October. If approved, it would make the Czech Republic the first post-communist state to permit same-sex marriage.
T-Club is the name of one of the two gay clubs that operated in the Czech capital under Communism. The place, frequented by the LGBT community, was immortalized in a series of pictures taken by photographer Libuše Jarcovjáková. They are now on display within the Prague Pride festival, which got underway on Monday.
The ninth edition of Prague Pride festival celebrating sexual minorities
gets underway on Monday with a concert on Střelecký Island. The week-long
festival offers over a hundred events, including debates, film screening
and exhibitions. It will culminate on Saturday with a massive parade
through the centre of the city, which is expected to attract around 30,000
The festival’s headline this year is Together Within Reach, which refers to the fact that even today, many same-sex couples still prefer to refrain from public displays of affection.
Final preparations are being made for the ninth edition of the Prague Pride festival. For the first time this year the LGBT rainbow flag will be flown at the city’s Town Hall during the week-long event, which culminates with a massive city centre parade on Saturday August 10. I discussed the theme of the 2019 Prague Pride, and more, with spokesperson Bohdana Rambousková.
In 2011 Prague hosted its first Gay Pride parade attended by about one million people. Prague has since become one of the most LGBT-friendly cities in central Europe. Today there is an active gay scene in the city with gay bars and travesty shows attracting locals and foreign visitors. To find out more about the life of a drag queen Lena Fix interviewed Edgardo, also known as Gizela Kova.
Roma activists David Tišer and Karel Karika are this year’s recipients of the František Kriegel award in recognition of civic courage handed out by the Charter 77 foundation. The award, which will be presented at a ceremony in Prague on Wednesday, acknowledges their fight for equality and human rights for members of the Romani community as well as for the socially excluded.
The latest Rainbow Map, a comprehensive evaluation of 49 European countries according to their attitude towards sexual minorities ranks the Czech Republic in 31st place – closer to countries where members of the LGBTI community face systemic discrimination or routinely see their human rights violated.
The Czech Republic could become the first post-communist country to legalise same sex marriage. An amendment to the country’s Civil Code is set to have its first reading in Parliament this week. While polls show that the majority of the country supports the move, there is also an opposing bill on the table.
Marian Jurečka has announced his intention to run for the post of chairman
of the Christian Democrats at a congress in March. The former minister of
agriculture informed his party’s members that he would stand in an email,
Mr. Jurečka, who is the Christian Democrats’ first deputy leader, hopes to replace current chairman Pavel Bělobrádek, who had previously said he would not seek re-election. Jan Bartošek and Marek Výborný are also challenging for the leadership of the opposition grouping.
The Christian Democrats have suffered two major defeats in the Senate
elections. The head of the party, Pavel Bělobrádek, lost against former
police president Milan Červíček in the Náchod region.
Meanwhile, former culture minister Daniel Herman lost in the district of Havlíčkův Brod and Chrudim with the candidate of the Civid Democrats, Pavel Tecl. The only Christian Democrat candidate to secure a seat in the Senate is Jiří Čunek, current governor of the Zlín region, who was reelected to the upper chamber in the first round representing Vsetín.
At the Christian Democratic Party conference on Saturday, Pavel Bělobrádek announced that he would not defend his position as the party head, saying that the party would benefit from having a new leader.