Czeslaw Walek is one of the co-founders of Prague Pride and has been its president since the first edition in 2011. Prague Pride is a fully voluntary organisation which in just 3 years has developed into the biggest LGBT festival of the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It is a positive example in a region where Pride events are relatively new and less positively received than in the west. Prague Pride will focus on this in 2014 with the theme “East meets West”.
As its president, Czeslaw is also the main spokesperson for the event, which has made him one of the best known gay activists in the Czech Republic.
Czeslaw studied law in Krakow, Antwerp and Budapest. Throughout his professional career he has been working on the development of human rights in the Czech Republic. Since March 2009 he was the Deputy Minister for Human Rights and National Minorities, concentrating on the integration of Roma into society. He is currently working in Open Society, a NGO dedicated to the freedom of access to information, the police as a public service, equal opportunities and the society without prejudice.
In 2011 he received the Alice G. Masaryk award from the U.S. Embassy in Prague for long-term activities in the field of human rights.
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