RUSSIAN ADDRESSING

St. Petersburg Okays Gay Protest Despite No-Propaganda Law

We’re not sure what’s in the vodka in St. Petersburg, but authorities there have apparently approved a rally for Russia’s LGBT community, the news site RIA Novosti is reporting.

Despite the law banning “the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia among minors” that went into effect in in March, organizer Yuri Gavrikov says the St. Petersburg City Hall has authorized an LGBT protest march and rally for Saturday at the Polyustrovo Park. Gavrikov hopes the event will raise local and global awareness about the civil rights of the LGBT community.

Of course Polyustrovo Park is far from the city’s center, and there can be no more than 1,000 protestors in attendance. Gee, no wonder the town fathers gave their blessing.