Despite ‘Gay Propaganda’ Ban, LGBT Activists Stage Pickets in Arkhangelsk
ARKHANGELSK (ARCHANGEL), December 11, 2011 (GayRussia) – In sub-zero temperatures, a number of small pickets were held today in Arkhangelsk protesting the introduction by the regional authorities of a so-called ‘prohibition of propaganda of homosexuality to minors’ law which came into force today.
And the authorities let the pickets go ahead.
All the pickets were staged in Lenin Square, where the main bodies of local and regional authorities are located.
Gay activist Alex Kiselev went to the building of the Assembly of Deputies of the Arkhangelsk region, displaying a poster that read: "Teenagers have homosexuals as much as adults. Who will protect them?”
During the picket, passers-by approached him, asking questions. Some of them approved of the action and even shook hands with him.
Transgender activist Anno Komarov was standing near an Arkhangelsk Region
government building with the placard “Trans men can be gay. It is
illiterate to fine for the information” .
During his picket an employee of th administration approached him, took photographs, and said that the conduct of the pickets was lawful.
Gay activist Nikolai Alekseev, founder of Moscow Pride, picketed Arkhangelsk City. He stood with a placard "Children have a right to know great people, too, are gay. Homosexuality – it’s natural and normal.”
He cited Tchaikovsky, Sergei Paradjanov, Rudolf Nureyev and others.
Each of the activists approached the police. Texts of their posters, as well as passport data, were recorded. At the same time the officer called his superiors and asked whether a law prohibiting picketing “propaganda” of homosexuality among minors in the Arkhangelsk region, which came into force today.
Response of the authorities was likely to be negative. But the demonstrators were told: “As long as you stand alone, you will not break the law”.
This advice was heeded and, as a result there were no arrests.
LGBT activists plan to continue their protest in Arkhangelsk to the complete abolition of discriminatory regulations that effectively prohibit freedom of expression for homosexuals.
GayRussia.Ru Project will continue to monitor developments in Arkhangelsk.
■ Photogallery of nine images of today's pickets from GayRussia.SEE ALSO
UN to Consider Russian Laws on Gay Propaganda at Geneva Session Next Summer.
Russian campaigners against the so-called ‘gay propaganda to minors’ measures that started to be introduced in Ryazan District in 2006 heard yesterday that the United
Nations Human Rights Committee will consider the matter at its session in Geneva in July 2012.
(UK Gay News, December 1, 2011)
What’s Russian for “Homosexual Propaganda”?
By Julia Ioffe. In a near unanimous vote on Wednesday, the St. Petersburg
city parliament passed the first draft of a law that would ban what the
Russian press has labeled “homosexual propaganda.” Actually, and if we’re
to be precise, the law would fine people for “public actions, aimed at
propagandizing sodomy”. (The New Yorker, November 17, 2011)