24 April 2007, 14:47
Gay pride planned for May 26 in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, April 24, Interfax - Sexual minorities campaigners plan to hold a gay pride parade in St. Petersburg before the City Day.
‘In spite of the tough pressure from the authorities and activists’ persecution by both law enforcers and radical nationalist groups, St. Petersburg’s LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community decided to openly campaign for their rights for freedom of choice and private life,’ the parade organizers said in their press-release.
According to the organizers, there will be some 2,000 participants in the pride.
However, no official request for the parade has been sent to St. Petersburg City Government so far, the organizing committee’s spokesman told Interfax.
Some time ago, Russian LGBT network coordinator Igor Petrov said in his interview for the Ekho Peterburga radio that neither the network members nor other St. Petersburg’s gay activists were informed about the pride.
‘As I may conclude after speaking to them, this “organizing committee” is totally ignorant about the city’s gay community or our movement’s objectives. When I asked them about what goals and slogans their “parade” would have, they said that their goal was to “make much noise of ourselves,” and as for slogans they said they would invent something,’ Petrov told the radio.
In Moscow a gay pride parade is planned for April 27.