Moscow, July 22, Interfax - Sexual minorities plan to hold a parade on May 16 - the day of the final of the Eurovision 2009 song contest.
"We will stage a gay parade on the day of the Eurovision 2009 final, on May 16. As usual, we will send an application to stage this event to the Moscow City Hall," organizer of the Moscow gay parade Nikolay Alexeyev told Interfax-Religion.
Gays are expected to parade along a street in downtown Moscow, while the organizing committee of the event will discuss the exact route, he said.
"We hope that the many gays and lesbians who usually come from various countries to Eurovision finals will join our action," Alexeyev said.
An international conference dedicated to problems of sexual minorities to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia celebrated on May 17 is expected to be held in addition to the parade, he said.
"It appears that the Eurovision final coincides with this Day. We want to invite the mayors of Paris, London, Berlin and other cities, as well as Western MPs to the conference," Alexeyev said.
"Russia must show that it is part of the civilized world, of the European family, that it is tolerant, and that an action by sexual minorities can take place in Moscow," he added.