Russian Government Marks IDAHO by Announcing Moscow Pride Is Banned!
But activists vow to go ahead anyway

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MOSCOW, May 17, 2011 (GayRussia)    With timing best described as “impeccable”, Moscow City Hall announced this morning that Moscow Gay Pride on May 28 is banned.  Today is International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

The reasons given by the deputy mayor of Moscow, Ludmila Shvetsova, is because of “the impossibility to provide security” – and a high number of letters of protests received by the City Hall against this event.

“The reasons for banning the Moscow Pride this year are exactly the same reasons used in the past years – and for which the European Court of Human Rights judged against Russia for violating the European Convention on Human Rights, Pride chief organiser Nikolai Alekseev.

 “Russia has decided to mark the Day Against Homophobia by showing, once again, its homophobic policy towards its LGBT citizens.

He revealed that an application would now be made directly to the Russian President.

“We will apply today to President Dmitri Medvedev for permission to hold our Gay Pride March next to Kremlin, an area which is solely within his jurisdiction.

“The ban does not change anything to our intention to hold our rally as planned,” he insisted, adding that if anything untoward happens on May 28 the responsibility will lie with the “the illegal and irresponsible decision” taken at Moscow City Hall.

“Today, we realised that former homophobic Mayor Luzhkov has a successor at the City Hall,” Mr. Alekseev added.

The Gay Pride rally was scheduled to be held  in Bolotnaya Square, in front of the Office of the European Commission.

SEE ALSORussian Gay Activists Issue Their ‘Hall of Shame List’ of Homophobic Officials   Russian Gay activists marked the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) by publishing a list of homophobic statements made since 2005 by politicians, officials, public figures, organisations.  (UK Gay News, May 17, 2011)

Seventy-Years-Old Grandmother Requests Gay Pride Permit in Moscow.   A seventy-years-old grandmother turned up at Moscow City Hall this morning to lodge three applications with the Mayor, Sergey Sobyanin, for Moscow Gay Pride which is being held at the end of the month.  (UK Gay News, May 16, 2011)

Third of All Russians Have Heard About Attempts to Stage Gay Prides in Moscow, Poll Reveals.   One in three of all Russians have heard about attempts to stage Gay Prides in Moscow, a poll by Public Opinion Foundation published today reveals.  (UK Gay News, April 28, 2011)

Is Next Month’s Moscow Gay Pride Permitted or Banned?.   Deputy Mayor: City Hall is still considering the application.  Nikolai Baev: “We feel lonely and confused”. Nikolai Alekseev: “Welcome to Russian politics.” (UK Gay News, April 28, 2011)

Moscow Gay Pride OK’d by City Authorities?  The Moscow city authorities have given the go ahead to this year’s Moscow Gay Pride, it was announced this morning.  But according to Interfax-Religion, no permission has been granted.  The news agency is reporting that an un-named source at the Moscow Regional Security Department said: “They have not received permission ... And they are not likely to get it.”  (UK Gay News, April 26, 2011)

Application for Sixth Moscow Gay Pride Lodged with Moscow Mayor’s Office.   An application to stage Gay Pride in Moscow next month was lodged this morning with the capital’s Mayor’s office and the city’s police department. The Pride is scheduled for Saturday May 28.  In the past, application has been made two weeks prior to the event.  But this year, organisers decided to apply on the basis of a “mass cultural and educational event”, rather than as a “political rally”.  (UK Gay News, April 12, 2011)









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Posted: 17 May 2011 at 11:00 (UK time)


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