May 1, 2014, 10:57 a.m.

Painting for LGBT rights in Bucharest

While stuck in the mud, we met Ioan, a local activist who was cycling around the area. He was kind enough to invite us to his place for showers and recharging our electronics. We spent the night in Vaslui and drove off to Bucharest first thing in the morning.

Naturally we struggled to maneuver the caravan inside the narrow streets in central Bucharest. We probably caused a few swears here and there, while finally giving up the idea to park the car in the center. We had no time to waste as we had a meeting with a local LGBT organization called "Accept Romania". They had organized an event where people would paint for LGBT rights on a large sheet. We had a short presentation and then everyone took part in painting this beautiful collage which you can see in the header image. Our team had a good chat with all the people at the event and we got more insight on the difficulties that their community face.

Although people in Bucharest are generally more accepting towards sexual difference, Romania as a whole is far from tolerant. This is especially true for the smaller towns and village, where locals are a lot more conservative.

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