“It’s the first time I’ve taken part in a march like this, but it’s important to be there because the rights of LGBTQ people are no longer respected,” he said.
The proposal is similar to legislation that came into effect last year in neighboring Hungary.
There was a heavy police presence at the Pride Parade in Bucharest, Romania. Source: AAP / Vadim Ghirda/AP
Organizers said 15,000 people turned out to demand equality at Bucharest Pride, under heavy police surveillance.
“If passed, this bill – which is contrary to European Union standards – would be a serious blow to freedom of expression and the rights of LGBTQ people,” Prof Baluta said.
Thousands of people attended the gay pride march in the Romanian capital calling for equal rights for the LGBTIQ+ community. Source: AAP / Andreea Alexandru/AP
“It would set a dangerous precedent because we would then risk being banned from the right to discuss abortion and sex education as well,” she said.
Romania has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Europe. Abortions are legal, but access to them has become increasingly difficult.
‘Visibility, pride and resilience’: Hundreds of thousands march through Madrid
Some attendees carried water guns and sprayed themselves to cool off in the scorching heat. Others went shirtless and danced to Brazilian and techno music.
The protest marched through the streets of Madrid on Saturday under the slogan “Facing Hate: Visibility, Pride and Resilience”. Source: AAP / EMILIO NARANJO/EPA
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Several ministers from Spain’s leftist coalition government, including Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, joined them.
“It’s become a big party, with floats turned into clubs and multinationals…it’s big business,” he said.
Hundreds of thousands of people turned out for the Pride parade in Madrid, the first time large-scale celebrations have returned since the pandemic. Source: AAP / LUCA PIERGIOVANNI/EPA
Homosexuality was decriminalized in Spain in 1978, three years after the death of dictator Francisco Franco. The country has since legalized marriage and adoption for same-sex couples.
If passed, the legislation would make Spain one of the few countries to allow gender self-determination.