Both the British and the American governments have condemned Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law.
The law, which has been rushed through the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, prohibits so-called propaganda of ‘sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, and pedophilia to minors.’ It passed second reading last week but lawmakers have delayed the third reading until November 30, according to a video statement by Russian lesbian leader Polina Savchenko.
Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev has announced that he is standing down as chief organiser of Moscow Pride and of the LGBT human rights project GayRussia.Ru – two major initiatives that he pioneered.
Nikolai’s resignation is sad news and a big loss for the Russian and international LGBT movement. But I understand and respect his decision.
Huge thanks to Nikolai for his amazing, ground-breaking work over many years.