Italian cities cancel twin status with anti-gay St Petersburg

Venice, Milan and Turin cut symbolic ties with Russian city over its homosexual 'propaganda' law

Italian cities cancel twin status with anti-gay St Petersburg
29 November 2012

Cities in Italy are cancelling their ‘twin’ status with St Petersburg over anti-gay laws.

While Milan’s city hall has already passed a bill with a majority vote, officials in Venice and Turin are in the process of cutting ties with the Russian city which passed legislation that imposes fines for spreading homosexual ‘propaganda’.

According to Venezia Today, the decision by Italian authorities was sparked by protests from activists against the ban on public discussion of gay issues to protect children from positive messages about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

However, Russian officials have remained defiant against the move.

Lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, from the ruling United Russia party, told RIA Novosti: ‘There must be a lot of socialists in Milan city council.

‘It’s a great shame that a city like Milan would take a decision like this. Of course, it’s hard for many of our European colleagues to accept our law, as many of them are members of the gay lobby.’

St Petersburg officials said they have not received any notices from Milan City Hall or Italian diplomats.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

ABBA’s Agnetha back with new single

Gay icon and member of the internationally successful Swedish pop group has returned to the limelight with a new single
No thumbnail available

Former Major League Baseball team owner talks about his isolated journey to coming out as gay

Kevin McClatchy: 'You live with it and you were sort of on eggshells'
No thumbnail available

Expendables 3 director hints Schwarzenegger and Jet Li’s characters are a gay couple

Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes said ‘I believe they are’ when asked if action legends Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li play a gay couple in his movie
No thumbnail available

Apple's new iOS update to include same-sex family emojis

Users will also be able to choose from one of six different skin tones
No thumbnail available

Onir says Bollywood is to blame for mistreatment of women in India

Gay Indian filmmaker says Bollywood encourages commodification of women in India
No thumbnail available

Newspaper is politically biased, says opposition leader in gay slander case

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim tells court Utusan Malaysia is mostly owned by ruling political party
No thumbnail available

World Bank suspends $90 million loan to Uganda over anti-gay law as currency dips

Uganda is seeing further financial consequences over the passing of its notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill that jails gays for life with the World Bank suspending a major development loan
No thumbnail available

HomoLAB 43

This week we hear from Brian Paddick, the Liberal Democrat candidate for London Mayor. Baylen thinks he's a bit touchy and defensive but Lucio reckons maybe he was just in a bad mood? Listen and tell us what you think.
No thumbnail available

Texas Attorney General: Keeping a ban on gay marriage reduces out-of-wedlock births

In a brief filed with the Firth Circuit Court of Appeals, Greg Abbott also said that – in relation to legal arguments – the fact such unions may benefit children with same-sex parents ‘doesn’t matter’
No thumbnail available

UK police rejects trans officer’s claim she was ‘forcibly outed’

A tribunal has found a police officer was 'oversensitive' and had an 'extreme' reaction after she said she felt 'very distressed' about outing herself on three separate occasions on police radio