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Georgia: A “Family” Gathering Commemorates an Anti-Gay Riot

A Eurasianet partner post from Coda

An anti-LGBTQ conference provides ecumenical and political unity among American, Georgian and Russian members of the religious right.
 
Leaders of the American and Russian Christian-right are converging in Tbilisi, Georgia on May 15 to attend a four-day summit called the World Congress of Families, perhaps the world’s biggest anti-gay symposium. The event’s program includes titles like the global “Demographic Winter” and the “Sexual Revolution and Cultural Marxism.” The program also touts gala dinners, city tours and “magnificent” Georgian song and dance numbers and an award for George W. Bush.
 
The convention, timed to coincide with the day of a violent 2013 mob attack on an anti-homophobia rally in Tbilisi, will be hosted by a Levan Vasadze, a dagger-sporting homophobic knight dressed in Georgian national attire. Vasadze participated and is alleged to have helped organize the 2013 attack that relegated Georgia’s nascent LGBTQ-rights movement to the periphery of national discourse.
 

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Giorgi Lomsadze is a Tbilisi-based writer for EurasiaNet.org.

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Georgia: A “Family” Gathering Commemorates an Anti-Gay Riot

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