In 2017, Pride marchers in Sofia, Bulgaria were facing an unprecedented threat of violence. The National Resistance, a neo-Nazi group known for committing hate crimes, successfully registered an official event at the same time and location as Sofia Pride, calling on participants to show up with brooms and shovels to "cleanse Sofia and Bulgaria of the garbage." In the face of this clear call for violence, we launched a petition urging Sofia's mayor to stand up for the safety of their LGBT+ community.
Over 36,000 All Out members showed their solidarity and thanks to the global attention, local authorities increased the security measures and kept the scattered group of around 50 nationalists at bay. More than 3,000 people gathered in the city center and marched for equal rights for LGBT+ people in Bulgaria.
Watch Pride organizers' thank you message for All Out members!