Georgia is a country located in the south of the Caucasus Mountains next to the Black Sea. It has got 4,7 Million inhabitants.
The capital is called Tiblisi, the place er decided to stay during the research for our multimedia reportage about homosexuality. In Georgia most of the population is strictly religious as they are members of the christian-orthodoxian church.In Georgia the church embodies traditional and conservative values. It captures a radical position against homosexuality. As the people are religious, the church has got a big influence. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1PPKywjxDQ
The 17th of May is regarded ad an international day against homo-,trans- and biphobia for 16 years. At the 17th of May 1990 the World Health Organization (WHO) determined that homosexuality is not a mental illness. Since 2000 any sexual actions between the same gender are legal an there is an anti-discrimination law to protect people with another sexual orientation. Though civil unions are still not accepted. Even tough the law seems to adjust the present time, the society is still conservative and partly even homophobe. The church takes the 17th of May as an occasion to go against tendencies of marginalisation. In 2012 for example, 20 people demonstrated against the discrimination of homo- and transsexuals. They were insulted and pushed back aggressively by orthodoxian priests and their followers. The defensive attitude of the population towards the LBGTQ is still visual. Patriarch Ilia the second even demands to avert the LBGTQ rights and declare homosexuality as a sin and disease. The demonstration in 2013 mentioned above was organized by the LGBT organisation Identoba. The peaceful protest march was ended by 20.000 counter demonstrators that broke through the police barrier. They threw with missiles into the crowd and averted that the demonstrators could be brought to safety. It ended up with 28 injured people being brought to hospitals. These and further riots in Georgia are occasion for us to get our own view about the situation. Therefore we want to contact different members of both parties.
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Multimediareportage of Monika Hanfland and Lea Franke