15 May 2014, 12:02
Sexual minorities say Moscow authorities banned "bearded march" named after Conchita Wurst
Moscow, May 15, Interfax - Gay activists said the Moscow mayor's office has banned them from conducting a march marking the anniversary of the decriminalization homosexuality in Russia on May 27.
"On Thursday, the Moscow mayor's office refused to authorize a 'march of bearded women and men named after Conchita Wurst,' which Moscow gay pride parade activists planned to conduct on May 27, the day of the 21st anniversary of the decriminalization of consenting homosexual relations in Russia," GayRussia.ru reported.
According to the LGBT community, Nikolay Alexeyev, the founder of the Moscow gay pride parade movement, said the Moscow authorities' decision "will be promptly contested in court so that we can get a court verdict before the date of the planned event."
Alexeyev said the Moscow mayor's office will be notified of the plans to hold a traditional annual march of the Moscow gay pride parade, which is scheduled for May 31.
"If the authorities decline to authorize that event as well, like they have done for the past eight years, we will combine the bearded march named after Conchita Wurst and the gay pride parade and hold them on May 31," he said.
Vasily Oleinik, deputy head of the Moscow regional security department, said the request for the authorization of the march is still being considered.
"I don't have any other information yet," he said.
According to earlier reports, sexual minorities have notified the Moscow mayor's office of their plans to conduct a march in Moscow's Tverskoy Boulevard to march the 21st anniversary of the decriminalization of consenting homosexual relations in Russia on May 27. According to the reports, the event will have up to 100 participants. The event is named "March of Bearded Women and Men Named after Conchita Wurst."
The Eurovision Song Contest 2014 took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 6-10. It was won by "bearded woman Conchita Wurst (transvestite Thomas Neuwirth).