by Rex Wockner
International News Briefs
Some 50,000 people turned out for the EuroPride parade, held in Zurich this year on June 6.
Openly lesbian Zurich Mayor Corine Mauch joined in.
Next year, the parade ventures behind the former Iron Curtain to Warsaw – a city that as recently as 2005 tried to ban pride, only to be later rebuffed by the European Court of Human Rights.
Meanwhile, Rome’s gay pride parade drew more than 100,000 participants June 13, with a demand for legalization of same-sex marriage and equal rights for gay couples.
Some 1,500 people marched in Warsaw on June 13, also demanding legalization of same-sex partnerships. The parade, on central Marszalkowska Street, attracted fewer than 100 counterprotesters, who shouted anti-gay vitriol.
Five hundred people marched in Zagreb, Croatia, on June 13. Police kept about 50 snarling anti-gays from disrupting the parade.
About 3,500 people marched in Strasbourg, France, on June 13, and 2,000 marched in Athens.