Sweden’s LGBT community shows off their pride beneath their feet

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As a protest against Russia’s outrageously discriminatory anti-LGBT laws, LGBT advocates painted a pedestrian crossing in rainbow colors outside of the Russian embassy in Stockholm, despite authorities labeling it as an act of “vandalism or a violation of traffic regulations.”

“We have no case file on it but it will probably be classified as vandalism or a violation of traffic regulations,” Stockholm police spokesperson Ulf Lindgren said in an interview with Dagens Nyheter. “Protesting is one thing, it has to be done. But this is wrong even if the objective is something else.”

While the police are outraged with the event, they are not responsible for restoring the walkway to its original colors.

“There’s a risk it can create danger for those using the crossing as they should look a certain way. It’s confusing if they are different,” Lundgren added.

As Russia faces condemnation from the world’s LGBT community for their new laws banning “homosexual propaganda,” LGBT advocates from Sweden have shown their disapproval. Naked men marched on the rainbow crossing this past weekend while Femen, the all-female topless human rights advocacy group, tried to break into the Russian embassy. Two activists were arrested.

LGBT activists were also outraged that the embassy denied the request to fly the rainbow flag at their headquarters for Stockholm Pride.

Australian’s LGBT community performed similar demonstrations as they painted their sidewalks with rainbow flags as well as raising the rainbow flag at the Russian embassy located in Sydney.

“People were reporting where to get chalk because of the volatility in supply over the weekend; the variety stores ran out of chalk and were quite perplexed as to why chalk was in such demand,” organizer James Brechney said in an interview with news.com.au. “But we do expect chalk supplies to replenish during the week.”

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