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Romania's President Steps In To Save Gay Pride Fest
by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: May 26, 2005  5:00 pm ET



(Bucharest/New York City)   Bucharest Mayor Adrieau Videanu has reluctantly agreed to issue a permit for a gay pride parade in the capital on Saturday after Romania President Traian Basescu and the Minister of Justice held an emergency meeting with him Wednesday night.

Videanu last week refused to issue permits for GayFest and Bucharest's police commissioner threatened on national Romanian radio to use the police to "punish" marchers if they went ahead with the parade anyway.

The Orthodox Church of Romania also had actively opposed the pride march.

As news of the threats spread through Europe this week a flood of emails poured into the city.  Videanu's email account became so clogged he shut it down.  Basescu also got a torrent of email and realizing the negative publicity being generated, at a time when he was attempting to stabilize the country's economy and show Romania as a modern state, decided to intervene.

News that GayFest would be allowed to go ahead came only hours before LGBT activists in New York and Washington were to demonstrate in front of Romanian consular offices.  The protests were called off Thursday.

"The willingness of people around the world to speak out for our Romanian brothers and sisters demonstrates the power we have to change the minds of political leaders and the course of a nation's government," Rev. Diane Fisher, a bishop of the predominantly-gay Metropolitan Community Churches told supporters in New York on the phone from Bucharest.

Fisher will lead an MCC worship service in Bucharest -- and will observe the well-timed  "World Day of Prayer to End  Homophobia."

The international support Romania gays have received was welcomed by ACCEPT/Romania. Florin Buhuceanu, the group's executive director said that in the 11 years of ACCEPT's existence, gays in the country have never received so much international support and so much media coverage. 

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