Third Slavic Gay Pride, St Petersburg (Russia): June 25, 2011
St Petersburg was selected as the host city of the 3rd Slavic Pride during the Slavic Pride 2010 in Minsk.
The event organized by Equality, a locally based LGBT group, member of the Slavic Pride since January 2010, was banned. It marked the second attempt to host a Gay Pride event in St Petersburg.
The banned Pride took place on June 25 at 2pm near the monument to Peter the Great and 14 out of 20 participants were arrested.
All articles published by GayRussia.Ru about Slavic Gay Pride 2011:
- Russia: For the Second Year St. Petersburg Unlikely to Authorize Gay Pride March
- St. Petersburg: Anti-Gay Rally calls to stop Gay Pride, Ban Gay Rights Propaganda and Forbid LGBT Organizations
- In St. Petersburg, Slavic Gay Pride participants are ready to be arrested at tomorrow's banned Gay Pride March
- Slavic Gay Pride in St. Petersburg: The 14 Arrested Have All Been Released After 24 hours in Detention
- St. Petersburg Slavic Gay Pride: Exclusive photos of Gay Activists from the prison cells
TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1993, President Boris Yeltsin signed a decree which repealed the law forbidding male homosexuality. Starting from 2006, Russian gay rights activists started to celebrate this date by attempting to organize an annual gay rights march known as Moscow Gay Pride. The first edition was banned and marred with violence. It was reffered as the first Russian Stonewall.
This day was founded in 2004 by French Academic Louis-Georges Tin to mark the anniversary of the declassification of homosexuality from the list of disease by the World Health Organization. Russian LGBT have been celebrating this day every year since 2005 under the leadership of Project GayRussia which was itself founded on May 17, 2005. GayRussia is Russia's coordinator of IDAHO.
Following Moscow in May 2009, Minsk was the second capital to host the Slavic Gay Pride. The March was banned and marred with violence but it did not prevent two dozens of Pride organizers from Moscow, Minsk and St. Petersburg to march over 300 meters waiving a 10meters long rainbow flag. 11 participants including some of the organizers were brutally arrested by police forces.
2009 marked the launch of GayRussia's campaign for the opening of same-sex union of gays and lesbians in Russia. While the Constitutional Court already expressd the opinion that marriage is between a man and a woman, activists believe that the lack of partnership or marriage for gay couples is a strong point to impose legislative changes via a decision of the European Court of Human Rights.
The five-judge panel of the Grand Chamber of the Court rejected the appeal of the Russian Federation in the Moscow Pride Ban case. The decision given on October 21 is final. By repeatedly banning Gay Pride Marches as well as other LGBT themed public action, Russia breached the European Convention on Human Rights.