EASTERN EUROPEAN NEWS
A Belarusian Gay Activist explains his experience while parading for his country at Warsaw's Equality March
Belarusian flags in the streets of Warsaw. Less opposition from anti-gay protesters. A commentary by Sergey Yenin.
Despite threats, the activist said he will apply to Prosecution against the policemen who attacked him
The magazine is published by the Gay lesbian info center GLIC and distributed free of charge
Minsk City Executive Committee rejected 100 applications for holding the March in May
A documentary on Minsk Slavic Gay Pride makes its way to San Francisco's Frameline LGBT Film Festival
The documentary co-produced by GayRussia was directed by Logan Mucha and is a tribute to Eastern European LGBT activists
Organizers said the Police did not correctly secure the event - 5 participants were injured and taken to the hospital (VIDEO INSIDE)
Belarusian LGBT activists marked the International Day Against Homophobia
Two different LGBT actions took place to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
First Gay Pride scheduled in Montenegro has been suspended by the organizers
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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In 1993, President Boris Yeltsin signed a decree which repealed the law forbidding male homosexuality.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.