■ Pure Russian.
Nikolai Alexeyev in front of a
Nikolai Alexeyev attended a
"Solidarity Reception" in Chicago last night.
Organised by Chicago’s Gay
Liberation Network at the LGBT Resource Center, those attending were
able to see video of the two Moscow Gay Prides and the way the local
police and OMON handled the situation during the Prides which were
banned by the homophobic Mayor of Moscow.
Mr. Alexeyev, who was arrested
and detained at both events, said that the banning was against the
European Convention on Human Rights, which Russia had signed.
He added that in the case of the 2006 Moscow Gay
Pride a complaint was already with the European Court of Human Rights
– and that a similar complaint over this year’s event was in the process
of being lodged.
Those attending heard that Moscow organisers were
not put-off by the problems of the past two years –
and that next year’s event would be on May 31.
Mr. Alexeyev said that there
was currently some discussions about solidarity protests around the
world shortly before next year’s Moscow Gay Pride to put the city’s
authorities on notice that the world would again be watching to see how
the city council treated the event.
ALL PHOTOGRAPHS ON THIS PAGE ARE COURTESY CHICAGO
GAY LIBERATION NETWORK.
Rich Wilson introduces Nikolai
Alexeyev at the
addresses Chicago gays (above and below)
Network makes a pitch for funds to help Moscow Gay Pride.
Saturday’s Matthew Shepard
March gets underway at 8pm on Saturday from the 7-11 parking lot, corner
of Roscoe and Halsted Streets, Chicago.
Russian Gay Activist
Chicago Public Radio - USA:
The Perils of Gay Activism in Russia.
For the last two years Moscow’s Gay pride parade has
ended with violence and arrests.
McDonnell talks with Nikolai Alexeyev, gay rights activist and Moscow Gay
Pride organiser, and Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay Liberation
which is hosting Alexeyev's
visit to Chicago for "Matthew Shepard March" on Saturday.