Apr 032013
St Petersburg

As it became known on Tuesday April 2, a public event of the St. Petersburg Gay Pride will take place this year on Saturday, June 29 in order to attract public attention to the problems of the state and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, as well as promoting tolerance and equality in terms of social LGBT people. This will be the fourth attempt at the annual public event in the northern capital. The statement of the Organizing Committee of the St. Petersburg LGBT Pride says that holding a public event will be coordinated with the city on the Neva in the law.

Recall that last year the government capital of culture for the first time agreed to the Gay Pride parade, scheduled for July 7, 2012, but two days before the event banned it again, continuing the same prohibition of activities in 2010 and 2011. Despite the ban of the authorities, the activists reached the spot and agreed previously been detained by police for organizing an unsanctioned event. However, during the trial of eight detainees organizers Gavrikov Yuri and Maria Efremenkova proved his innocence and police malpractice.

It should be noted that in 2013 for the LGBT community is symbolic anniversary date, May 27, will be 20 years since the abolition in 1993 of Article 121 of the Criminal Code, which were condemned by tens of thousands of men, women clause did not apply. Article commonly used as a method of punishment over the cultural, ideological and political opponents of the Soviet regime. After 20 years, the echo of history repeats itself in the State Duma discussed legal ban so-called "promotion of homosexuality among minors." On the eve of March 31 was a year of the entry into force of this law in St. Petersburg.

According to Yuri Gavrikov, organizing committee chairman marches "VI St. Petersburg LGBT Pride" - "St. Petersburg authorities continue to lawlessness and human rights prohibitions shares LGBT. Part lawsuits banning LGBT public events over the last three years have been won in the courts of St. Petersburg. Also in February 2013, the European Court of Human Rights has notified us that the earlier complaint aimed at the authorities ban LGBT Pride marches in St. Petersburg from 2010 have already communicated to him by the court and the decision will be made within a year. "

Yuri Gavrikov expressed confidence that "the verdict of the ECHR will be similar to the case of" Alekseyev v. Russia "ban on Gay Pride in Moscow. This will be an important addition to the decisions of the courts of St. Petersburg illegally banned by the authorities of the LGBT Pride marches "- concluded Gavrikov and added -" We, as a group, believe in their right to public events and will insist on it by all possible means, including leaving for public action in the event of another illegally banned by the authorities. "

We remind that earlier learned that eighth Moscow gay pride will be held on Saturday, may 25.


Procession of the fourth St. Petersburg gay pride will be held June 29