2010-05-13 16:06:00

Gays in St. Petersburg hope to mark international day against homophobia

St. Petersburg, May 13, Interfax - Gays in St. Petersburg intend to conduct an action entitled rainbow flash mob to mark the international day against homophobia on May 17, the organization Vykhod, which campaigns for the rights of gays and lesbians, told Interfax on Thursday.

"We will let out colored balloons in the sky, which will symbolize society free from homophobia. Our action will not have any slogans, but we will hand out information materials on the international day against homophobia," Interfax was told.

The organizer of the action said the flash mob will have at least 250 participants this year.

"We have recently been getting threats from St. Petersburg radical groups. We don't want to disseminate information on the location of the action before due time," Vykhod said.

The international day against homophobia is marked on May 17 (May 17, 1990, is the date when homosexuality was stricken off the international classification of illnesses by the General Assembly of the World Health Organization).

According to earlier reports, activists campaigning for the rights of gays also intend to hold a gay pride parade in St. Petersburg on June 26. An official notice about the action will be sent to the city authorities two weeks before the parade as required by the Russian legislation.