Russia Bans Gay Pride for the Next 100 Years

This is so scary. 

I scan hundreds of headlines every day. And in the last year especially, with more and more progress for gay marriage and gay rights, there is a growing backlash, worldwide, against  gays. And I see the tension heating up to alarming levels. From the Republican backlash to the Christian backlash and the extremists who hate gay people.  I don’t care what city you live in, please, be alert of your surroundings at all times. There are haters everywhere.

Earlier this year in March, we saw the St. Petersburg laws silencing gay people. Now, just  a week after protestors for gay rights were arrested in Moscow, a district court upheld the decision by a Moscow city court to ban gay pride parades for 100 years.

Yes, the government can now legally forbid gay pride for a century, from March 2012 to March 2112.


From Reuters:

Nikolay Alekseyev, one of the leaders of the Russian LGBT
community and organizer of gay pride events, told reporters that he
intended to appeal the decision in the Moscow City Court Presidium, and
that if the highest Russian instance also rules against him, to address
the European Court of Human Rights.

Alekseyev explained to the reporters that in 2011, the activists
found a loophole in Russian legislation and submitted requests for 102
gay pride parades to the Moscow Mayor’s office. According to the
activist, all they got in return was a letter with a quote from
regulations, although the law obliges the city authorities to either
allow or ban the planned event within 15 days.

At the same time, Alekseyev admitted that he and his comrades never
hoped to actually receive a license for the parade but simply needed a
formal excuse to turn to the European Human Rights Court.

“They refuse our requests every time, but in Strasbourg they
recognize these rulings as unlawful. But time does not stand still, we
ask for a new event and again they refuse us,” the activist noted.