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Blogging LIVE from St. Petersburg's Slavic Gay Pride 06/25/2011

Blogging LIVE from St. Petersburg's Slavic Gay Pride

This page is constantly updated today: The 14 Gay Pride participants arrested yesterday have been brought to Court by the Police. They were detained overnight

In St. Petersburg, Slavic Gay Pride participants are ready to be arrested at tomorrow's banned Gay Pride March 06/24/2011

In St. Petersburg, Slavic Gay Pride participants are ready to be arrested at tomorrow's banned Gay Pride March

Organizers confirmed they will go ahead and march in the city center tomorrow at 2pm

EuroParliament VP calls on Russia to allow Gay Prides 06/24/2011

EuroParliament VP calls on Russia to allow Gay Prides

Edward McMillan-Scott hopes that British Prime Minister Cameron will not be afraid to raise the issue in a coming meeting with Vladimir Putin

Council of Europe Publishes First Ever Report on Discrimination of LGBT people within its 47 member states 06/24/2011

Council of Europe Publishes First Ever Report on Discrimination of LGBT people within its 47 member states

GayRussia's campaigns are widely included in the report presented by the Human Rights Commissioner

St. Petersburg's Slavic Gay Pride March Banned by City Hall 06/23/2011

St. Petersburg's Slavic Gay Pride March Banned by City Hall

Less than a month after 18 participants in a banned Gay Pride March were arrested in Moscow, LGBT activists of St. Petersburg will organize the same action on Saturday

Moscow Deputy Mayor Agrees that the Russian Capital is intolerant towards Gay people 06/23/2011

Moscow Deputy Mayor Agrees that the Russian Capital is intolerant towards Gay people

The deputy mayor promises to change the homophobic image of the city in the eyes of foreigners and appears in contradiction with the Mayor

St. Petersburg: Media invited to Accredit for the St. Petersburg Slavic Gay Pride Press Conference 06/22/2011

St. Petersburg: Media invited to Accredit for the St. Petersburg Slavic Gay Pride Press Conference

The Press Conference will take place on June 24, on the eve of the planned Pride March

Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Issue Statement Condemning Moscow Gay Pride Ban 06/22/2011

Members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Issue Statement Condemning Moscow Gay Pride Ban

The written declaration was signed by 39 Members of Parliament from 17 countries and 5 different political groups

Support to Moscow Pride: Gay people to picket Russian Embassy in London 06/21/2011

Support to Moscow Pride: Gay people to picket Russian Embassy in London

LGBT people plan to protest at the Russian Embassy in London on July 1 to demand that Russia’s voting rights at the Council of Europe be revoked

Russia: Arkhangelsk Set to be the Second Region to Ban Gay and Lesbian Propaganda from public place 06/21/2011

Russia: Arkhangelsk Set to be the Second Region to Ban Gay and Lesbian Propaganda from public place

The new law proposed by the Regional Parliament is backed by the local Prosecutor and a nationalist group


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TODAY IN HISTORY

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.