Oslo Pride give wholehearted support to the Euro Pride in Riga in 2015. - The adverse reactions in Latvia shows just how important and right it is that we also set up and help them, says chairman Helle Christin Nyhuus.
Oslo Pride voted for Riga for EuroPride in 2015 the General Assembly of European Pride Organize Associaton (EPOA) in Marseille last weekend. On the table was too strong applications from Manchester, Barcelona and Milan.
- For us, this was a political decision. I have been touched to hear how bad the condition is for LGBT people as a short way from Norway. At the same time, we found ourselves impressed by how the Baltic Pride in Latvia are working to meet all threats and the complete lack of political support in the country, she said.
Will stop EuroPride
The group "No Pride" and Chairman Jānis Smit has already announced that they will take legal action to stop Euro Pride 2015. Smit, who is also the councilor in Riga claims to the Latvian news portal Apollo at a Pride event is in conflict with the Constitution and laws to protect children against what he claims is indecent exposure.
- Such reactions are quite as expected, especially in the light of the report we got from Riga during EPOA meeting. Riga has asked for European support, and of course we give them that, says Nyhuus.
Having established contact
Oslo Pride hosts EuroPride year Riga and Helle Christin Nyhuus sees a natural link between the two events.
- Human Rights in Europe will be key during Europride in Oslo and Riga is like that seen as a natural extension of this. Therefore, we have established close and wonderful relationship with Baltic Pride and Oslo Pride is prepared to cooperate. But how to cooperate, it is too early to say today, says Nyhuus.
During this weekend's meeting in EPOA la Oslo AS Pride forward status report for work on Euro Pride in 2014.
- We are well on and EPOAs members were so pleased that it was neither objection or criticism, says Helle Christin Nyhuus.