55% of Russians consider it that civil rights of sexual minorities must be respected

Russian officials often refers to the "opinion" of the majority which they call negative towards LGBT people to ban gay pride marches and restrict fundamental rights

55% of Russians consider it that civil rights of sexual minorities must be respected

A poll conducted by "Levada Center" found that 55% of respondents think it is important to respect the civil rights of political, ethnic, religious, sexual and other minorities. On the opposite, 32% said that they support a rule of the "majority" and 13% found it difficult to answer the question.

Often, politicians and officials always refer to the views of the "majority" while expressing negative sentiment towards LGBT people and asking to restrict their rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.

Recently, the Mayor of Moscow said about his decision to ban gay pride marches in his city that "These are issues of morality. If the attitude of the society is sharply negative to such things then we can not support such marches. We must also protect the morality of people. This is the obligation, including on the basis of international convention". 

In the same poll, 66% of the respondents said that the social order as it exists in Western Europe and in America cannot apply to Russia: 31% said it is "not suitable to Russia and is unlikely to take root here" and 35% said that this "way of life is against what Russian people want".

But 20% believe that the Western model of social structure can be adapted to the local conditions. 7% said that the social order is "universal and completely suitable to Russian conditions". 8% of respondents were undecided. 

The same poll asked the sentiment of the opinion about the evolution of democracy. 79% said that every country goes its own way while 14% think that all countries move towards the same way and 7% were undecided.


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May 27

Russia decriminalized male homosexuality

In 1993, President Boris Yeltsin signed a decree which repealed the law forbidding male homosexuality.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.

May 17

Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

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.

May 15

Slavic Gay Pride in Minsk

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.

May 12

Lesbian same-sex couple attempt to register marriage in Moscow

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.

April 11

Victory for Russian LGBT activists at 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.