From June 15-21, the beautiful and historic city of Riga, Latvia will host EuroPride 2015—the first time that EuroPride is taking place in a former Soviet republic. The organizers of this year’s event are planning for one of the best EuroPrides ever, including the Baltics’ longest Pride parade march, an LGBT film festival called “Black Carnation,” a Tom of Finland exhibition and a host of other great activities.
But they’re also facing a number of challenges due to their pioneering efforts to bring EuroPride to Russia’s doorstep. The local government has not provided any financial contributions of any kind, corporate support—a mainstay in the US and Western Europe—has failed to materialize, and anti-gay groups are trying to complicate their efforts.
To offset that lack of support, the organizers just launched a crowdfunding campaign to help them cover some of the costs involved in putting on such a massive event.