When initiated, the Zagreb Pride March was conceived as a protest march against homophobia, transphobia and patriarchy, while at the same time it has been a tool for supporting the LGBTI community. Since the first March in 2002, Zagreb Pride has advocated for progressive social policies, principles and values upon which our society can function. We are engaged in activism as a way to make ourselves stronger, more protected and to develop solidarity and transform social inequalities.

Through education, research, advocacy, empowerment and direct action, Zagreb Pride fights for LGBTI persons and communities, non-normative families and society as a whole and works on the elimination of all forms of discrimination, based on the full promotion, respect and protection of human rights. Our focus includes countering homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and violence, strengthening community and wider societal reform such as eliminating patriarchal, homophobic and transphobic societal norms.

LGBTI Community Work and Mobilizing

Zagreb Pride March protests have been organized annually since 2002. Besides the Pride March, Zagreb Pride has also organized numerous public actions, protests and social campaigns. In 2013, we organized the first protest rally in front of the main Catholic Cathedral against homophobic and transphobic hate-speech that was heavily spread by the Catholic clergy in their campaign against sex education in public schools. Also that year, Zagreb Pride was a founder of the “Vote Against” coalition of organizations, activists and community groups who opposed a constitutional amendment proposed by right-wing groups to define marriage as a union of a man and a woman. Unfortunately, the proposal to change the constitution was accepted by 66% of voters.

Other Main Accomplishments

Our strongest means of action and principal mission is organizing the Pride March, however, over time we have developed the direct action and media skills to take on new roles. They include our Advocacy for LGBTI Equality Program and Research and Education and Publishing Program.

The most important achievements for the rights and freedoms of LGBTI community in Croatia which Zagreb Pride has made possible are: