2005-07-28 15:32:00

Russian homosexuals hope to hold a gay parade in Moscow in defiance of people’s religious feelings

Moscow, July 28, Interfax - Sexual minorities in Russia intend to obtain a permission of the Moscow Mayor’s Office for the first gay parade to be held in the Russian capital city.

‘We plan to hand in an official request to the Moscow Mayor’s Office for holding the first ever gay parade on next May 27, the day when criminal responsibility for sexuality was abolished in Russia in 1993’, Nikolay Alekseyev, leader of the Gay Russia.Ru project, said at a press conference on Thursday in Moscow.

He asserts Moscow is one of few major cities in the world that has never had such marches.

‘Such parades are held throughout the world. In the post-socialist space, in particular, they took place in Tallinn, Riga, Bucharest, Sofia and Bratislava. Such a march was cancelled in 2001 in Moscow, because it is believed to run contrary to people’s religious feelings’, Alekseyev complained.