I think that emails should be sent to the Director of the European Broadcasting Union (which runs the Eurovision Song Contest) to inform them that Moscow must not be allowed to hold the Eurovision next year unless they receive a personal assurance from the mayor of Moscow that not only will all visiting gay people be free to express themselves openly and be protected from drooling homophobes but also that unless permission is granted to the gay pride parade then Moscow cannot be the host city. His name is Jean Reveillon and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. The song contest email is email@example.com
Here’s what I wrote:
Dear Messrs Reveillon and Stockselius
I am writing to enquire what the Eurovision Song Contest intends to do in 2009 to ensure that gay fans are protected from the serious and dangerous levels of homophobia in Moscow.
The Mayor of Moscow has said he will continue to ban gay “propaganda.” Speaking at an international conference on HIV/AIDS, Mayor Luzhkov said: “So-called democrats consider that sexual minorities can be the main indicator and main symbol of democracy, but we will in future continue to ban propaganda of the views of sexual minorities.
Of course, we will be criticised by all democrats in the world but in each society there are own views on that.”
Moscow Gay Pride organisers have been denied the right to hold an event in May for three years running by the Mayor, who previously referred to gay rights marches as “Satanic.” Gay Pride organisers are planning to hold the event in Moscow next May to coincide with the city’s hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Moscow must not be allowed to hold the Eurovision next year unless they receive a personal assurance from the mayor of Moscow that not only will all visiting gay people be free to express themselves openly and be protected from dangerous homophobes but also that unless permission is granted to the gay pride parade then Moscow cannot be the host city.
Looking forward to your response,
The mayor is keen on “contemporary science”. Contemporary science says being gay is perfectly natural and harmless.
Sadly , Russia is a cesspit of rasicm and homophobia. Don’t forget that, in addition to well publicised brutal homophobic attacks at last year’s Pride events, ethnic minorities are frequently assaulted and indeed murdered by fascist neo-nazi skinhead gangs in Moscow and the police generally turn a blind eye.
Russia has decades and decades to go until it is up to par with Western Europe on human rights. Remember, the rights of the individual have never been a priority on Russia, past or present.
I’ll go further than Simon Murphy, actually, in asking that no city anywhere be allowed to hold Eurovision, ever, whatever personal assurances they offer to anybody.
The whole event is a crime against humanity.