Moscow bans gay pride for 100 years


By Ryan Collett

The city of Moscow, Russia has banned all public gay pride demonstrations. The Tverskoy district court ruled that the ban will exist for the next 100 years.

Till March 2112, no gay pride events will be allowed in the city of Moscow. The final ruling comes after months of appeals by Russian LGBT activists. One LGBT leader in Moscow, Nikolay Alekseyev, said he intends to post an appeal to the Moscow City Court Presidium, and other LGBT organizers have pledged to fight the ban to the highest courts in Russia — even eventually taking the case to the European Human Rights Court.

The ruling has caused turmoil for gay rights organizations because the qualifications for what would officially constitute a gay pride demonstration are not defined. The boundaries of the legislation in Moscow ban all gay “propaganda” but do not offer clear definition as to what “propaganda” actually means.

Gay rights groups in Moscow are worried that the ban’s vague stipulations will promote heightened — and legalized — discrimination of homosexuals.

In March, rallies protesting the 100-year ban sparked throughout the city, leading to violent clashes with police and arrests. Protests at Russian consulates took place in countries around the world.

In a statement with the LGBT rights organization, All Out, Andre Banks placed blame on the presidency of Russia for remaining silent on the controversy, saying, “President Putin has stayed silent as members of his party advance a provocative antigay agenda that is putting him on a collision course with his allies in Europe and around the world.”

Russian LGBT organizations have garnered international support from the US State Department as well as Amnesty International.

British writer, Stephen Fry and American pop singer, Madonna, among others, have also vocalized public disapproval of the law. Last month, Fry called the authors of the law, “fantastical monsters.”

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