Earlier in the week, organisers of
the “patriots-homophobes” demonstration had predicted that 500 would turn up
to protest the staging of a Gay Pride in Moscow, some 1,500 kilometres away.
But on the day, just 30 followers
of the Euroasian Youth Union, the National Bolshevist Party and other
nationalistic parties turned out.
Authorities had banned the protest
on a technicality – one of the groups had been wound-up on orders of a
A short speech to the demonstrators
was made by Albert Gamayan, head of the committee “Presumption”. But police
stepped in and prevented the coordinator of the local branch of Euroasian
Youth Union, Artem Besedin, from addressing the small rally.
During the demonstration, several
papers with homophobic insults were distributed, some participants waved
Nikolai Alekseev, head of the
project GayRussia.Ru and one of the organizers of Moscow International gay
festival was in Krasnodar to monitor the protest.
A full exclusive report, with
photographs, will be published tomorrow (Sunday) on
www.gayrussia.ru in Russian. An English language
translation will appear here during the course of the day.
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UK - Northern Ireland:
Gay Group Invites Foes to Talk About Civil Partnerships.
A gay group in Northern Ireland has offered to meet anyone in
the Province who is against Civil Partnership for same-sex couples.
The legislation that recognises gay partnerships comes into effect in
Anti-Gay Demo in
Krasnodar Banned by Authorities. Authorities in the Krasnodarski region of Russia have said this evening that
they will not authorise the anti-gay demonstration in Krasnodar on Saturday.
Protest Against Moscow
Gay Pride in City 1,500 km Distant.
A demonstration against the proposed first-ever Moscow Gay Pride festival,
scheduled to be staged in May next year, will take place on Saturday
(October 15) in Krasnodar, some 1,500 km (950 miles) from the Russian
capital and close to the Black Sea.
Pasolini Murder Case Shelved, by Doug
The investigation into the 1975 murder of the great gay
Italian poet-film director-novelist-playwright-essayist-literary critic Pier
Paolo Pasolini – which had been re-opened in May after the hustler
originally convicted of the murder recanted on television his confession of
three decades earlier – has been definitively shelved, it was
reported in Rome yesterday.
Uganda’s Targeting of
Gays and Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Condemned. The
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) condemned
today the recent decision by Uganda President Yoweri Museveni to ban
Turkish Court Not to Hear Case to
Closedown Gay Group. Gays in Turkey have
today claimed a victory in their bid to save the closure of Kaos, the gay and lesbian human rights group.
Alleged Assaults on
Gays In ’Derry Taken to Court. A 26 years-old man, Stephen Lee
Wright, is due to appear at Londonderry Courthouse tomorrow,
Thursday October 13, on charges relating to a widely reported assault on
a Rainbow Project Volunteer in July 2004 when the gay man was attacked
and bitten in the face outside a chip shop in the Waterside area.