2011-03-28 17:19:00

Gay pride parade scheduled in St. Petersburg for June

St.Petersburg, March 28, Interfax - St. Petersburg gay activists intend to hold gay rallies in the city in May-June 2011.

"We plan to conduct a flash mob in St. Petersburg on May 17. The organization "Ravnopraviye" ("equality" - IF) also said it intends to hold another gay pride parade in St. Petersburg in June," Igor Kochetkov, one of the leaders of the Russian gay movement, told a press conference on Monday.

The purpose of such actions is to draw people's attention to the problems of homosexuals in modern society, he said.

The St. Petersburg administration earlier rejected requests filed by gay pride parade organizers to hold a march and a rally in defense of the rights of sexual minorities in June 2010.

Despite that, the city's gay movement activists tried to hold an unauthorized rally on the city's Dvortsovaya Square, but were detained by the police.