Russia bans tribute to gay victims of Nazi Germany

Gay rights activists have accused the Moscow authorities of condoning Adolf Hitler's actions during the Holocaust by banning a peaceful protest

Russia bans tribute to gay victims of Nazi Germany
01 November 2013

Russia has banned a tribute to the LGBTI victims of Nazi Germany.

On 31 October, the Moscow government refused a group to condemn Adolf Hitler’s actions and honor the 100,000 gay people arrested during World War II.

Gay rights activists have condemned the refusal as ‘surreal’ and ‘absurd’.

Around 20 participants applied to hold a peaceful event in Kudrinskaya Square in Moscow on 5 November.

The intention of the tribute was to also spread the message about not repeating past mistakes and ensuring something like the Holocaust never happens again.

But the authorities rejected the application, saying paying tribute to gay victims of Nazi Germany could potentially ‘influence’ children on homosexuality.

Nikolai Alekseev, founder of Moscow Pride, said: ‘The Moscow authorities are becoming increasingly absurd, and the ban  of the rally to denounce the crimes of Hitler and Nazism is more proof of this.

‘The government is approving of Nazi Germany’s genocidal policies.’

The gay rights activist said he would be continuing to flood the Russian government with appeals for gatherings for the LGBT community and build up a portfolio of illegal bans on public assembly.

In addition, the city government also denied approval of two LGBT rallies. One was to attract attention on the importance of combating homophobia in sport and the other was the need for Russia to join the Schengen Agreement to allow the LGBT community freedom of movement in a single visa.

Alekseev added: ‘The Moscow authorities have actually formalized a total ban on all public gatherings of the LGBT community.

‘They are actively using the federal law banning so-called gay propaganda to justify their homophobic actions.’
 

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Guerrilla rainbow crossings appear all over Sydney

Local residents have created their own rainbow crossings all over Sydney in chalk to protest the removal of a rainbow crossing from Oxford Street that was torn up by the state government
No thumbnail available

Malaysian uni prof says LGBTs should ‘migrate to the West’

Associate professor at the National University of Malaysia says ‘obviously the LGBT culture is against religion’ 
No thumbnail available

Church of Scotland may let gay ministers have sex

Scotland's largest protestant church already allows gay and lesbian ministers, but they must be celibate
No thumbnail available

Texas teacher suspended for being trans

After one parent complained, the school told a substitute teacher to not return as she was a 'distraction' in the classroom
No thumbnail available

Trans woman killed in London, police appeal for witnesses

Police are calling for anyone who might have spoken to a 33-year-old trans woman visiting the UK from Miami, Florida
No thumbnail available

Boy George wouldn't boycott performing in Indiana despite its passing 'crazy' law

'It's important to bring your music to the people that love you'
No thumbnail available

While accepting HRC award, soap star calls Texas Governor Rick Perry 'a big, dumb, asshole'

Greg Rikaart of The Young and the Restless blasts Perry for comparing homosexualty to alcoholism
No thumbnail available

Lesbian who had gay slurs carved into skin speaks for first time

Neighbor of gay hate crime victim in Nebraska talks of 'shocking' attack which moved hundreds to hold vigils in support
No thumbnail available

Lady Gaga goes on rant about former PA under court oath

Bisexual Poker Face singer calls former assistant a 'f**king hood rat who is suing me for money she didn't earn'
No thumbnail available

Vienna's gay traffic lights will not be taken down in June

Following global media coverage the city's councilor for transport matters announced the lights will become a permanent sight in the Austrian capital