Facing Homophobia

02Aug09

I found today that a new video about the Budapest Pride March of last year has been published via the webiste of LGBT Film and Cultural Festival. Two minutes later I read an article reporting that yesterday night a man opened fire in a LGBT center in Tel Aviv.

A gunman shot dead two people and wounded at least 15 others in an attack at a central Tel Aviv gay and lesbian center Saturday night before fleeing the scene.

Israel Police said that the incident at the club on Nahmani Street did not have a terror motive. The two victims were initially identified as a 24-year-old man and a 17-year-old woman. (Read on.)

The two events show how violently can homophoby appear in society. The pride march of last year in Budapest was a disaster. I accept that in a democracy people express their disapproval against anything but not in a violent way. I agree with that the Hungarian Guard held a rally when the Budapest Court banned their activities but I fear that September 5 won’t be a peaceful march because of them.

An update to the Tel Aviv murder. I found a video on Youtube dedicated to Nir Katz, 26 of Givatayim, and Liz Trobishi, 16, of Holon who died yesterday. It’s about the spontaneous protest that took place in the streets of Tel Aviv August 1.

Homophobia – No, Equality – Yes,
Hate – No, Love – Yes

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