Thousands participated in the LGBTQ Pride March in Bucharest on Saturday for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, prior to a planned law depriving minorities.
Socially conservative Romania, which decriminalized homosexuality in 2001, still bans same-sex couple marriages and civil partnerships.
Members of two different parties, the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians (UDMR) and the opposition Ultranationalist Unification Communist League of Romanias (AUR), banned so-called gay publicity in schools when parliament reopened in September. He said he plans to introduce a law to do so.
An estimated 2,000 people participated in the march on Saturday, dancing and waving rainbow flags. “We have a long way to go as a nation until we accept everyone,” said 16-year-old Dalia at her second pride parade.