May 17th 2013

On May 17th (IDAHO day) last year, LGBTI activists in Tbilisi were attackted by a violent mob led by members of the orthodox church. This year, due to continuing threats against them, the activists will not carry out any activities on IDAHO day in Tbilisi, as it is too dangerous. Salon Tbilisi Berlin expresses solidarity with the activists and condemns the attacks and threats against LGBTI people not only in Georgia but everywhere in the world. We demand equal rights for everyone.


Last year, we were mapping the places where the attacks on IDAHO day took place, by marking them with a stool which had become a symbol for the attacks, as a priest was attacking activists with it. Unlike the priest, we chose a peaceful use of the stool and started knitting a scarf on it – against the the growing cold.

This Seat Is Taken – No Place for Homophobia and Racism

A Project in Response to the Attacks on LGBTI Activists in Tbilisi on May 17th 2013

On May 17th, about 50 LGBTI activists and supporters trying to hold a peaceful, silent demonstration in Tbilisi marking IDAHO day (international day against homophobia and transphobia), were attacked by a violent mob of about 20,000 counter protesters led by orthodox priests.

Some of our writers and friends in Tbilisi were amongst those who were attacked. Salon Tbilisi Berlin condemns these attacks and supports the cause of our friends in Tbilisi, we say “No to homophobia!”

During the last Salon Tbilisi Berlin in Berlin, we started the photo project “This seat is taken” to make a clear statemenat against homophobia. Photographer Jann Wilken who is documenting Salon Tbilisi Berlin’s work took pictures during the last Salon in Berlin and Tamara Gobronidze during a seperate event at WISG office in Tbilisi.

The project will be continued over next months.

Here are the photos, taken by Jann Wilken and Tamara Gobronidze: