2013-05-16 10:06:00

Sexual minority event removed from Moscow park's plan

Moscow, May 16, Interfax - A planned anti-homophobic and anti-gender discrimination rally in Moscow's Gorky Park on May 25 has been struck off the park's events plan.

The notice about the meeting, which aimed to "draw public attention to the impermissibility of the discrimination of people on the basis of gender, sexuality or gender identity, and to the need to guarantee equal rights to everyone," was removed from the park's website on Wednesday evening.

In applying for permission for the rally, the organizers said they expected a maximum turnout of 200. The event was to be held in an area called Hyde Park from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sexual minority activists have applied for a similar rally at Moscow's Sokolniki Park, also on May 25 and also from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The park's website still says, "Application accepted."