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My parents who believe that being gay is OK went to Russia and this is what they did

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  1. Benjamin, you are so lucky to have such wonderful parents! Kudos and respect, Rochelle and Richard!!!

    1. Hear, hear!

  2. @Allequal1 3 Sep 2013, 1:19pm

    Fantastic -!! Our collective efforts will make things change

    1. How can something like this help? You know what would have helped, boycotting Russia and spend the holidays somewhere else.

      1. That was my thought exactly.

      2. Each person should do what they feel they can. Criticism of this supportive gesture is mealy mouthed and ignorant. Many Gay people travel to places that discriminate. Each to his own.

        1. Cal, I concur. In their note they mention that they were there as part of a larger cruise. I am sure that this cruise was purchased well before the onerous laws were passed.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 3 Sep 2013, 1:29pm

    You have fantastic parents, Ben. Congratulations to both of them for doing that and thank you for all you do for LGBT people across the UK in particular.

  4. Now that’s a family that can be held up as an example of [good] Family Values!

  5. Danny Boyd 3 Sep 2013, 2:12pm

    I’m sorry but I think there should be a total boycott of the place (including all sports people & artists) like there was with South Africa during apartheid. It’s the only way to get the message across. I can understand that your parents want to support gay people but they will now be counted in the tourist figures.

  6. I think your parents are wonderful and meant well but the money and time they spent in St. Petersburg spoke louder in support of the law than did the clever picture taken and displayed on a British website, that no one is St. Petersburg saw.

    I’m sure I’ll get a lot of anger in response to this statement but it seems obvious that what I say is true.

    1. well, no angry reply : just try to go to LED for a couple of days, very nice town, very much worth the visit, and look into the great, rather discrete, but very active gay life there – mostly english speaking – and try to mix, it’s not hard to do and it is very safe if you are reasonably prepared. most young russians are vere well educated and tolerant and they have nothing to do with the governing idiots.

    2. I respectfully disagree with you. The photograph of these two people holding up this important yet illegal message in the middle of St. Petersburg is now featured in this article and available to anyone in Russia who has the means and the courage to visit It may well mean a great deal to some people there.

  7. Wonderful to have such accepting parents. It is a great encouragement especially as some us could not come out in the days when it was all a crime.

  8. I would like to get cruise lines to boycott the stop in St Petersburg that many of them make. The cruise lines are subject to gay pressure. How do we get started?

  9. Good job!

    But I would have preferred it if they remained on the ship as a protest.

  10. This makes me cry.My parents
    will becauser do this for me.They love their bible and their religion more than me and they said it themselves :”(

    1. *never; sorry

    2. S o sad when parents don’t put kids first

  11. Colin (London) 4 Sep 2013, 9:11am

    Thank you all for shareing this with us…Fantastic people.

  12. David Pollak 4 Sep 2013, 10:14am

    My eyes are full of tears now Ben. What a wonderful story. I had just been reading on Pink News about the magazine in Oman and the bakery in the States and feeling despair, but your parents are a reminder that there are good people in the world. Thank you so much to them, and also to you and the team for all your great work on Pink News. We shall overcome!

  13. Well done to Rochelle and Richard for your simple but valuable message!

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