Politicians in the city are seeking to halt a photography exhibition called ‘Balkan Pride’

Plovdiv, one of the 2019 European capitals of culture, has become embroiled in a homophobia scandal, as local officials attempt to remove the head of the organising committee over a photographic exhibition featuring LGBT themes.

Officials in the Bulgarian city, which is co-hosting the 2019 edition of the European capital of culture with Matera in Italy, said a “Balkan Pride” photo exhibition due to open in July should be stopped.

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