LGBT activists staged Georgia’s first pride parade amid heavy security in the capital, Tbilisi. About two dozen marchers gathered outside the Interior Ministry for a 30-minute demonstration on July 8, after the event was halted earlier in the day due to security concerns. A counterdemonstration took place, but the groups remained apart. Georgia’s influential Orthodox Church had criticized plans for the parade, saying the LGBT lifestyle was a “sin” that goes “against the Christian faith, traditional religious teachings, and moral values.” The march had been originally planned for June 22 but organizers postponed it after a violent police crackdown against anti-Russian political protesters in the capital.
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