At the break of dawn, 10 LGBTI rights activists were arrested by police for protesting in the former Soviet state of Georgia this morning (17 May).
Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia, the day when people across the globe fight against bigotry towards the LGBTI community.
Police detained the activists who were painting graffiti on the fence of the Georgian Orthodox Patriarch’s office.
The paint read: ‘All love is equal’.
Police said the activists could face charges ranging from vandalism to disobeying police orders, according to the AP.
This year, Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, is holding the World Congress of Families. Held on the Sunday closest to IDAHOT, numerous homophobic conservative politicians and speakers descended to speak against same-sex marriage, compare homosexuality to the devil, and pronounce the use of dangerous ‘gay cure’ therapies.
The Georgian Orthodox Church has also spoken against same-sex marriage.
In 2013, on IDAHOT, thousands of so-called Christians attacked and assaulted a gathering of LGBTI rights. Several people were injured, with the police forced to intervene.