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Updated: Russian police arrest 14 gay rights campaigners in St Petersburg

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  1. pride solidarity 25 Jun 2011, 1:32pm

    …but you dont mention the legally constituted and police protected IDAHO action in St Petersburg held on 17 May 2011. Nor do you mention the at least 23 IDAHO actions held without incident (including in Moscow by LGBT+ activisits) across 11 time zones including in Kamchatka and Khabarovsk both farther east than Vladisvostok. (I did send you a press release).

    I also sent you a press release about the 17 Day of Silence actions held across 11 time zones of Russia includingt he one in which I particpated in St Petersburg, which was also legally constituted and in which we succeeded in handing out 1200 leaflets to the residents of St Petersburg.

  2. pride solidarity 25 Jun 2011, 1:39pm

    about the difficulties experienced by young LGBT people.

    I am delighted to take this opportunity to pay tribute to ALL the LGBT people and their friends and allies who took part in these actions who *succeeded in engaging successfully with their fellow citizens.

    In St petersburg we had a very funny interaction with the policemen who quite reasonably asked us what we were doing. Well we did have red tape over our mouths at the time and did look a bit funny!

    We very politely told them what we were doing and they established that we were *not* breaking the law and even joined in the fun!

    If I can figure out this system I will upload an image from this demo and also a link to the interaction of the policeman. In fact the young LGBT person in this photo was extremely courageous,she is too young to be able to attend meetings or have dinner with us but I was so proud to be in this action with her. Not old enough for info or support but old enough to be handing out info to help others.

  3. And they do not mention today’s Paris Pride which will take place without incident, as foreign media also do not mention other public action which takes place in Russia without incident. If things takes place well, there is no need to report it. No? If an action is banned contradictory to the constitution and Court decision, this is what makes it a valuable news. It shows that rights of people are breached. This is an outrage and it must be reported widely to change things and hope that pressure will stop such bans. This is why we need LGBT media.
    On another note, handing out 1200 leaflets in the streets is that a news? How many thousands of leaflets are handed out in Britain every day? What does that change? If I am not wrong 75 million people (53% according to a poll) heard about Pride bans in Russia.

  4. There’s so much to do in these countries. Just appearing at a Pride march with a placard clearly isn’t enough.

  5. Becareful, £50 worth of leaflets. Unless it’s a typo and you meant 12,000. 1,200 that was an hour sorted what else did you do after that. If you’d spent £100 you would of had 10,000 to give out.

  6. scallyskin 25 Jun 2011, 6:28pm

    i luv russian and eastern european lads in porn films. why don’t they just let us have our fun? i don’t get it. what’s the problem with us havin a good time?

    1. martyn notman 25 Jun 2011, 10:11pm

      because they are mostly broke and very vunerable boys- often with drink or drugs problems. Your five minutes (im being generous tonight) of fun is their life of hell. I have no problem at all with Porn- if its not exploitative- but this is not true of what is coming out of the former eastern block. In no way am i supporting the Russian governments increasingly Stalinist view of Gays- but supporting them by supporting their exploitation is plain disgusting- martxx

      1. scallyskin 26 Jun 2011, 9:40am

        I’ll have to lend u some of my films cos they r havin a really good time – u got the wrong end of the stick bruv – suck on it and see

    2. Staircase2 26 Jun 2011, 1:46am

      How is this relevant?

      1. scallyskin 26 Jun 2011, 9:43am

        its relevant cos i think they are against us havin sex with each other or am i missing something? do they not like gay people because of some other reason?

  7. Savages.

    1. Staircase2 26 Jun 2011, 1:48am

      I think there’s a tendency on Pink News Comments to overdo the ‘savages’ comment don’t you think?
      I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that ‘savages’ is up there alongside ‘vile’ as the most homosexual of all alleged slurs….
      (both often say more about the person using them than they do about the person they’re used against…..)

      1. Paddyswurds 26 Jun 2011, 11:44am

        Staircase2…
        ….Russia is a corrupt state run by thugs and criminals and anyone who has a handle on what is going on in the world and not their own little comfy corner knows that.
        There, and i didn’t use any of your “homosexual alleged slurs” Staircase.

        1. Rich (original) 26 Jun 2011, 3:47pm

          You are a nasty homosexual degenerate, and therefore, Russia is unpleasant for you.

          1. Bye Bye dumbo, take your worthless comments with you and find some other venue for your madness.

          2. LOL! Its Rich-the-unoriginal-webbot again…. same (again) comment coped and pasted with such erudite skill.

      2. Or you could be just be very over-sensitive about the usage of the word. I think the negative connotations that you’ve dreamed up about why people are using the word shows more about your way of thinking as opposed to others.

  8. Well Russia is not a democracy so this news does not surprise me.
    Bad news though.

    1. Rich (original) 26 Jun 2011, 3:50pm

      For a paederast like you, the news is bad. But not so much, however…. When someone will cut your neck, then it become really bad. Hehehe….

      1. Well, it won’t be you, Rich. You’re a coward.

  9. Smash the fags!

    1. Rich (original) 26 Jun 2011, 3:44pm

      Stepan, congrats!

    2. hateful and homophobic please remove and ban.

  10. Well done Russia!

    1. And brava to you too Charles, for showing us how brave you are coming into a gay site to get your three words of bigotry out – I always admire those with low intelligence trying new things out, like the internet.

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