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Gays Concerned as Poll Shows 63% of Belarusians OK to Re-Criminalise Homosexuality

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MINSK, June 7, 2010 (    A poll released last week by the Belarusian Institute ‘Novak’ suggested that 63% of Belarusian are in favour of returning a soviet law repealed in 1994 which criminalized homosexuality.

43.2% of the respondents say they completely agree with returning the law into force with an additional 19.5% rather agreeing.  On the opposite side, only 6.2% completely agree that the rights of people of non-traditional sexual orientation should not be limited with an additional 10.6% rather agreeing with the statement. 20.2% of the respondents remain neutral.

The results are in line with a poll ordered by GayRussia from the same institute and released last autumn on the issue of freedom of assembly for LGBT people.

In October 2009, 61.9% of Belarusians were against homosexuals having the right to organize peaceful marches in major cities against 14.1% who supported it and 24% who were rather indifferent. In Minsk, 25.9% were supporting this right.

“This is exactly why we need a Gay Pride March in Minsk” said Sergey Androsenko, leader of the Belarusian LGBT movement. “We have to show that we are not different than from one else”.

Nikolai Alekseev, chief organiser of Moscow Pride added: “The Gay Pride campaign in Russia has created a stream of media interest on our community, we very much hope that the same will happen in Belarus.

“It is only by widely showing ourselves to the society that we can combat widespread stereotypes.”

On May 16, 12 participants to the Slavic Gay Pride in Minsk were arrested by the anti-riot police while marching in the city centre with a 12-meter-long Rainbow flag.  The City authorities had banned the march.


Belarusian Court Fines, Releases Participants Arrested at Slavic Gay Pride.  The seven Belarusian and Russian gay activists, who spent the weekend in police custody follow their arrest during Saturday’s banned Slavic Gay Pride march, have been released.  (UK Gay News, May 17, 2010)

Brave Gay Activists Stage Pride March in Minsk but Were Met By Violent Police Action.  Belarus had its first Gay Pride March this afternoon.  But after some 200 metres, it was broken up by the riot police, with twelve participants arrested after scenes of reported police violence.  (UK Gay News, May 15, 2010)

No Restriction on Private Gay Events, Belarus MPs Tell French Parliamentarians.  By Teo Valenti in Paris.   MPs from Belarus have told their French counterparts that the decision to ban the Baltic Gay Pride parade in Minsk tomorrow was taken by the city authorities.   (UK Gay News, May 14, 2010)

Blogging from Belarus and Slavic Gay Pride.  This page was constantly updated during the  Pride weekend.  (UK Gay News, May 14, 2010)

IDAHO Committee Strongly Condemns Ban of Slavic Gay Pride in Minsk.  The IDAHO Committee of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) has asked Jérôme Lambert, member of the French Parliament and President of the France/Belarus friendship group, to raise the issue of the ban of the planned peaceful Slavic Gay Pride event due to be held on Saturday with the delegation of Belarusian MPs visiting France this week.   (UK Gay News, May 12, 2010)

Minsk Authorities Ban Next Weekend’s Slavic Gay Pride.  The city authorities have banned next weekend’s Slavic Gay Pride March, using an obscure law that says public events are not allowed near underground pedestrian crossings and metro stations. 
 (UK Gay News, May 8, 2010)




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Posted: 7 June 2010 at 13:00 (UK time)


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