NEWS FROM RUSSIA
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
Organizers confirmed they will go ahead and march in the city center tomorrow at 2pm
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
GayRussia's campaigns are widely included in the report presented by the Human Rights Commissioner
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
The deputy mayor promises to change the homophobic image of the city in the eyes of foreigners and appears in contradiction with the Mayor
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
The written declaration was signed by 39 Members of Parliament from 17 countries and 5 different political groups
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
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
In 1993, President Boris Yeltsin signed a decree which repealed the law forbidding male homosexuality.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.