About 150 people celebrated Pride in Russia this past weekend at the Field of Mars park in St Petersburg — a small number with major significance.
Not only is Russia notoriously homophobic, but its Pride events face huge pushback from officials who mock and degrade them. City authorities denied activists a permit to hold this year’s parade, and instead recommended they hold the event in a landfill.
Yury Gavrikov, the chairman of Ravnopraviye (Equality), said the suggestions made by the authorities are a ‘classic’ example of their attitudes towards gays.
Despite this opposition, the pride event held yesterday went without any major incidents.
Queerussia.com reports the event was secured by police, and there were no violent outbursts or counter-groups protesting.
Bravery and strength in the face of so much hatred. Russia’s LGBT community never ceases to amaze me.