Russian Police Detain Gay Protestors At May Day Celebration

Police in St. Petersburg, Russia, detained at least 17 LGBT-rights advocates today during a May Day celebration, the result of the city’s new gay-propaganda ban.

A spokesperson for the activist group Coming Out  said numerous protestors had been detained across the city after waving rainbow flags and charged with not cooperating with police. Earlier this month, two activists were the first to be arrested under the statute when they held signs stating “Gay is Normal” outside the Palace of Youth Creativity.

The law—which bans the presentation and promotion of LGBT material to minors—has been criticized by international observers as being unjust and vague, but similar measures are being considered across Russia.

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  • bruce

    Why hasn’t Obama spoken out against this? He speaks on almost every other foreign policy issue. Obama, oh Obama, I can’t hear you, boy.

  • Hephaestion

    Please don’t refer to our President as “boy.”

    And why should Obama speak out on a local law in St. Petersburg? That’s ridiculous.

  • Triple S

    And what will “speaking out” against this do? The Russians don’t give a shit about what others think. Words mean NOTHING. Action is the only thing that tyrants understand. The rest of the world can’t act on this travesty because of international laws. All we can do is bitch to them and tell them that it’s wrong.

    Unfortunately, the only people who can change Russia’s insanity at this moment, are Russians!

    How do you think I feel? It’s not just America that would do anything, us Australians would step in if we bloody could, but it’s all for the same restrictive and unfair laws of which we all abide, whether or not they are actually just and fair.

    The world is a shitty place. Russia, among others, is just intent on making it MORE shitty than it already is.

    How kind of them.

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