Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Gay pride in Moscow

Moscow cops arrest a gay rights activist for attempting to hold a gay pride march. Activists repeatedly petitioned the government for a march permit & were repeatedly refused. Since 2006, five regions in Russia have enacted laws against “propaganda of homosexualism, bisexualism, transgenderism, & pedophilia”. They don’t legally define propaganda or distinguish it from educational material nor do they explain why the crime of pedophilia is linked with non-criminal sexuality. But the ban just went into effect in Saint Petersburg, a similar law is being drafted for Moscow & is being considered on the federal level. (Photo by Mikhail Metzel/AP)

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