Moscow Pride to defy court ban and go on as planned

Despite a Moscow suburban court ban, organizers intend to go ahead with Moscow gay Pride as plannedDespite a Moscow suburban court ban, organizers intend to go ahead with Moscow gay Pride as planned

Moscow Pride to defy court ban and go on as planned
23 May 2013

A Moscow suburb court upheld the decision of the city authorities not to permit a gay pride parade this Saturday (25 May). Despite the ban, activists say Moscow Pride will go ahead as planned.

Nikolai Alekseev, co-founder of Moscow Pride and GayRussia, stated: ‘Khimki City Court upheld the ban on the planned Gay Pride rally and march.’

He added he would appeal on Monday to the Moscow Regional Court.

Khimki authorities refused to allow a Moscow Pride march and rally, despite a subrban district court of the city ruling last year that the ban on the event is illegal.

Last year, Moscow’s highest court ruled to ban gay pride parades in the Russian capital for the next century.

On Tuesday (22 May) the Council of Europe demanded Russia must act to guarantee the right of LGBT people to freedom of expression and demonstration.

Alekseev said all legal avenues have now been exhausted before the planned date, and the eighth Moscow Pride will go ahead without authorities permission.

He added that he received a letter from the European Court of Human Rights denying a request to intervene with the Russian authorities to allow Moscow Pride to go ahead.

‘If me or someone else is killed or injured in Moscow Pride on Saturday 25 May then the blood will also be on the hands of the Head of European Court of Human Rights and [its] judges’, he said.

Pride is scheduled go ahead on 25 May at 1pm starting with a protest in front of the Russian parliament bulding, demanding it drop the proposed federal law banning the so-called ‘propaganda of homosexuality’.

Pride’s organizers warned participants they are subject to the to attacked by anti-gay forces and maybe arrested by the authorities.



No thumbnail available

Oprah suggests 'gay people can help' the institution of marriage

The American talk show host suggested that same-sex couples could help strengthen the institution of marriage
No thumbnail available

Mr Gay NZ cites Nazi pink triangles at marriage hearing

German-born Mr Gay World Andreas Derleth references the Nazis' pink triangles in his verbal submission to New Zealand's parliamentary committee examining same-sex marriage
No thumbnail available

Adventures in gay Shanghai

Zapi Aurelien, 23, arrived in Shanghai expecting to spend a year in the closet, he was surprised to be embraced by an outgoing and friendly gay community
No thumbnail available

Michael Sam's booty gets raves in DWTS debut - but his footwork does not

Football player and partner Peta Murgatroyd score 26 out of possible 40 dance the Cha-Cha to Uptown Funk
No thumbnail available

Star Trek icon and hubby to star in comedy web series cleverly titled It Takeis Two

Show follow George and Brad Takei as they navigate the perils of the Internet and other facets of modern life
No thumbnail available

FIFA will probe anti-gay chants at World Cup

Mexico, Brazil, Russia and Croatia could have their World Cup career in jeapordy over fans' behavior at matches
No thumbnail available

Gay couple attacked in Philadelphia

'Is this your faggot boyfriend?'
No thumbnail available

George Takei says Antonin Scalia 'needs to consider recusing himself' from DOMA and Prop. 8 cases

Actor and LGVT activist states that Supreme Court justice is 'clearly biased'
No thumbnail available

Bill Maher stuns TV audience by making gay murder joke about Karl Rove

Comic made joke on ABC's The View because Rove has insinuated Hillary Clinton might have brain damage
No thumbnail available

US Senate unanimously confirms first openly gay judge to a federal appeals court

Todd Hughes has been deputy director in civil division of  Justice Department since 2007