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June 29, 2013

St. Petersburg’s registry office rejects an attempt by five gay Russian couples to apply for marriage

The first attempt in the history of Russia to register en mass five gay marriages was rejected out of hand by St. Petersburg’s authorities.

Five same-sex couples, three gay and two lesbian partners, arrived to St. Petersburg registry office to officially submit applications to register their marriages, yesterday (28 June).

April 3, 2013

Russian activists announce they will attempt another St Petersburg gay Pride despite local gay ban law and police harassment

The Organizing Committee of the St. Petersburg LGBT Pride says they will attempt to hold Pride on 29 June, 2013 even though three previous attempts have resulted in arrests and harassment and the city’s ban on so called ‘homosexual propaganda’.

The committee further stated that Pride would be held in order to attract public attention to the LGBT people in the city, as well as promoting tolerance and equality.

Last year the city’s government agreed to allow Pride but then banned it only two days before the event was scheduled to take place (7 July 2012).

August 10, 2012

The queen of pop tells fans at Russian concert to 'show your love' for gays and 'fight for freedom'

Madonna will be prosecuted for speaking out for gay rights during her concert in St Petersburg last night (9 August).

The Material Girl faces a fine of 5,000 Rubles ($156) after telling fans at her MDNA gig to ‘show your love and appreciation to the gay community.’

‘We want to fight for the right to be free,’ she added.

The organizers of the queen of pop’s world tour could also be ordered to pay up to 500,000 Rubles ($15,700), according to the Gay Russia website.

July 18, 2012

Russian activists claim London embassy's warning about risk of children staying with gay families is 'official homophobia in action'

Russia's embassy in London has issued a warning to parents about the risk of their children staying with 'gay families' during their placement at UK summer schools.

After receiving complaints from Russian citizens, the embassy in the British capital released a statement on its website claiming that some children who were studying in the country had experienced 'inappropriate housing conditions' and 'maltreatment', including being denied food, while staying with host families.

July 9, 2012

Eight campaigners are still in police detention after holding pickets for LGBT rights in Russian city

Eight activists were arrested in St Petersburg on ‘homosexual propaganda’ charges after holding a protest in defiance of the city’s gay pride ban.

Organizers of St Petersburg’s third pride parade ignored authorities’ decision to forbid a rally for the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community on Saturday (7 July), holding two pickets.

However, police broke up the protests, arresting three in a park to the north of the city and later five more outside the City Hall, where they unfurled a rainbow flag.

July 6, 2012

Organizers vow to go ahead with gay pride event in Russian city despite ban

Gay pride in St Petersburg has been banned and the organizers charged under the Russian city's anti-gay 'propaganda' law.

Authorities yesterday (5 July) rejected an application by LGBT group Ravnopravie (Equality) to hold the city's third annual pride tomorrow (7 July), despite initially authorizing the event on Tuesday (3 July).