Update - 13 June 2017: Sofia Pride was a huge success! More than 3,000 people gathered in the city center and marched for equal rights for LGBT people in Bulgaria. Thanks to the global attention, local authorities increased the security measures and kept the scattered group of around 50 nationalists at bay. Stana Iliev, from the Pride organising team: "Many thanks to All Out members for helping make Sofia Pride safe. Your support made a huge difference and meant thousands of LGBT people, parents, families, and friends could march in Pride peacefully. We will continue to fight for equal rights for all and appreciate your backup and endorsement."
Update - 9 June 2017: Today, our partners in Bulgaria delivered more than 35,000 signatures from All Out members to the Mayor of Sofia. They're sending a clear message to the local authorities: Keep Sofia Pride safe from neo-Nazi attacks - the world is watching. We wish our friends in Bulgaria a peaceful and joyful Pride!
Pride events are kicking off in cities around the world. Millions of people are getting ready to celebrate with peaceful marches and huge parties.
But Pride isn’t a party for everyone. In Sofia, Bulgaria - the country’s capital - Pride marchers are facing unprecedented violence.
The National Resistance, a neo-Nazi group known for committing hate crimes, successfully registered an official event at the same time and location as Sofia Pride, calling on participants to bring "brooms and shovels with long wooden handles" to "cleanse Sofia and Bulgaria from the garbage."
This is a clear call for violence against the LGBT community at Sofia Pride, due to happen this Saturday. But you can help stand up for the LGBT community in Bulgaria.
Sign the petition urging local authorities to keep Pride marchers safe.
This campaign is being run in conjunction with the European Pride Organisers Association (EPOA).
Published 6 June 2017