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Gay Pride Celebration Defies Official Ban in Moscow

Russian gay rights activists demonstrated on Sunday, marking the date homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia, way back in 1993. Their pride celebrations were not decriminalized, however, since there is an official ban on gay-pride events in Moscow.

Unlike the openly gay mayors of Berlin and Paris, Moscow's mayor Yury Luzhkov has labeled gay events "Satan's work." Apparently many of Moscow's residents agree with him. While gay rights demonstrators ignored the ban, it was hard to ignore their opponents who threw eggs at them and physically assaulted at least one gay man by punching him to the ground. Meanwhile, Russian Orthodox elderly women held an antigay vigil, some loudly condemning gay activists to hell.

Are you surprised that officials and residents of Moscow go to such extremes to repress the expression of gay pride? Do conservative Russians have the right to squash alternative lifestyles?

Russian gays defied a ban by city authorities.

A member of the Russian gay community lies on a ground after he was beaten by a far-right activist.

Russian police forces arrest a far-right activist during a banned gay rally.

Members of the Russian gay community hold flags.

Russian gay community leader Nikolai Alexeyev waves a flag.


Bookish Bookish 9 years
It makes sense to me, Kimpossible. And I'm glad that they went ahead and had their celebration, illegal or not. Hopefully Russia's tolerance will grow.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Everyone is so great looking! I like seeing the pictures. Because now if someone says something that I may disagree with or I get mad at the sarcastic comments, I can look at the real them and be more understanding. Because that's a real person talking, and seeing the real faces makes me take that into consideration. It's harder to get mad at a real person - especially when the faces are so kind looking. It makes everyone seem less harsh, if that makes sense.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
okay Pop and Cine...your turn! ;) Sike, i can't ask you to reveal yourself if you don't want to...although i would be interested. perhaps we can make today "Reveal Yourself on CitizenSugar" Day?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Nica that pic is adorable! You two are so cute together. Now if I see you on the streets of DC I'll recognize you :)
nicachica nicachica 9 years
phew, that was a relief. i've never done that in the almost three years i've been on this site! i think i'll just keep it on for the rest of the day...and then i'll change it to a new group...maybe i'll revert back to the Doors...or Dylan. ;)
syako syako 9 years
this is the BEST day ever! ;)
nicachica nicachica 9 years
teee heeee THIS IS ME WORLD! Love me for who i am!!!
syako syako 9 years
aw yay! You're darling and so is your bf!!! Ha, you're such a rocker! I love it!! :woohoo:
syako syako 9 years
kewl! :kool:
nicachica nicachica 9 years
k, Sy, i'll do it for you. it's one of me and my bf.
syako syako 9 years
:sneaky-evil: do it! do it! do it!
nicachica nicachica 9 years
only if Cine agrees. i'll change it for 5 minutes. ;)
syako syako 9 years
oooh I want in on THAT action ladies!
nicachica nicachica 9 years
Cine, will you ever reveal your true self??? I'll show you mine if you show me yours!
nicachica nicachica 9 years
Wait, Rac's a guy???? (Or is that a new bob hairstyle??) oh i'm embarrassed either way!!! And Yesteryear, you are pretty much what i thought you'd look like. Minus the angels and kittens in the background. ;)
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I am talking to you
syako syako 9 years
are you talking to me? :P
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I think you are the only team red member that we know what they look like. And UnDave. Can't forget about him and his cutie pie kids.
janneth janneth 9 years
Hey, I posed for this painting. Does that count??
syako syako 9 years
:sneaky-evil: I snuck in on the team blue REVEAL!
gigill gigill 9 years
It seems hypocritical to decriminalize homosexuality but ban gay pride events.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I see those aloe treatments have worked wonders yesteryear. Gay Russians who would have thought. It's only a matter of time we'll take over the world and have everyone organized and dressed well.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Wow, got way off topic here.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
LOL Your comments take on a whole new meaning!
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
ok ok, i wont change it for the night at least. i will say it does feel strange though to be out without my cigarette and wrinkles, etc.
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