Yesterday in Chişinău (Moldova), a bright and festive concert summarized the X-th festival "Rainbow over the Dniester river", the oldest festival of queer culture in the former Soviet Union. The organizer of the festival (that combines entertainment with benefit) for all these years has been an information center "Gender-Doc-M," with the support of other various international organizations.
Unlike parades held in European countries in the first half of summer, the Moldovan gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals have been holding a series of cultural and entertainment information events for 10 years so far. As usually, the Pride began with the laying of flowers at the monument to the victims of repressions.
The bulk of the Pride program, as Gay.Ru already reported, this year was held behind the closed doors, unavailable to the media. However, the access to many events was toll-free, and that is a pleasant achievement. This year, law enforcement officials of Moldova volunteered to ensure the safety of all Pride events.
One of the important events was the conference "On the rights of the LGBT community in modern Moldova and capabilities to effectively combat discrimination." It was held on May 6. The "Miss Flawless Queen-2011" contest, of the winner of which we will report later, was so successful that organizers are already thinking of turning it into an independent event.