Tbilisi, Georgia Pride Parade Alert

Updated 21 June 2019


The first Tbilisi Pride has events planned for 18 to 23 June, including a planned march

on 22 June taking place in Central Tbilisi. There have been threats made against those who

participate in the Pride events.


Situation:

  • Ethnic minorities and LGBT+ individuals may face discrimination in Georgia. There have been some reports of racially and sexuality motivated harassment and assaults. Georgian authorities are working to tackle discrimination and the Georgian parliament recently passed new anti-discrimination laws.

  • The last time LGBTQ activists held a demonstration in Tbilisi, Georgia, in May 2013, they were violently attacked by orthodox, priests, and conservatives. People were hit and injured, and the assault reinforced the country’s already strong anti-LGBTQ culture.

  • The exact location and time of the parade are unknown (and will be announced spontaneously) as a way to ensure the participant’s safety.


Possible Effects:

  • Disrupted modes of transportation

  • Increases in traffic, especially near protest sites

  • Roads blocked by participants with little to no notice

  • Counter protests which have the possibility of turning violent, especially after dark

  • Clashes between anti-LGBTQ activists and Pride Parade participants



Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests, demonstrations, and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.

  • If you are caught in a blockade:

  1. Remain calm

  2. Do not exit your vehicle

  3. Call the authorities:

  • Emergency Services: 112

  • U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

  • (995)(32) 227-7724 (M-F 8:30-5:30)

  • (995)(32) 227-7000 (after hours)

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy


DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.

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