How Nafas LGBTI Azerbaijan Alliance celebrated IDAHOBIT in 2014
In 2014, Nafas LGBTI Azerbaijan Alliance, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Netherlands, organised a significant event to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia, and Transphobia – IDAHOBIT. Taking place at Gobustan, one of Azerbaijan’s oldest human settlements, the gathering aimed to challenge prejudice within Azerbaijani society and debunk the notion that LGBTI+ rights are a “European import.” Under the theme “We are as old as Gobustan!” participants highlighted the historical presence of LGBTI+ communities in the region.
The event commenced with a spirited “March for Equality” towards the historic site, where colourful balloons were released into the sky, and rainbow flags proudly waved. Members of the LGBTI+ community, along with their allies, came together to denounce homophobia and transphobia, demonstrate unity, and advocate for equality and an end to anti-LGBTI+ violence.
This symbolic gathering at Gobustan served as a reminder that the LGBTI+ community is an integral part of Azerbaijani society, and their rights and contributions should be acknowledged and celebrated.