A British tweeter has unveiled his pink Union Jack in Moscow’s Red Square, outside the Kremlin, to defy Russia’s anti-gay laws.
In response to a tweet by LGBT activist and political campaigner, Peter Tatchell, Mathew Benham attached his photo with the words ‘our little gesture’ – taking a defiant stance against Russia’s anti-gay law.
The pink Union Jack, much like the rainbow flag, has become a symbol for gay pride in Britain in the last few years, after being adopted by the UK LGBT community.
With public promotion of a gay lifestyle now illegal in Russia after new ‘gay propaganda’ laws, this action could have resulted in arrest and heavy fines.
In July this year, four Dutch tourists were arrested for defying the new Russian laws and have since been banned from the country for three years.
But Tatchell had nothing but praise for the activist, applauding his efforts for managing to surpass the Russian officials.
‘Terrific that you did this – and got away with it. Congrats! Many have been arrested in Red Square, including me,’ he tweeted.
The original tweet has since been removed. However the full conversation can be seen here:
The British national flag is informally called the Union Jack but technically it called the Union Flag when on land and the Union Jack only when at sea.