A Russian newspaper columnist just discovered Manchester’s Gay Village, and she’s not happy.
Alisa Titko, a columnist for the country’s biggest-selling newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, which has ties to the Kremlin, went on a horrific anti-LGBT diatribe in a column about the English city of Manchester.
Following in the footsteps of some of the world’s most fearless war correspondents, Ms Titko bravely filed a report from the depths of Manchester’s Gay Village.
She wrote: “In Manchester there is a whole section of the city for homosexuals.
“Nobody told me about it, but I found it myself when I was walking around the town. There is even a sign there saying ‘Gay Village’.
“It is the most popular place for [gay] couples, and there are coffee shops and clubs there with rainbow flags.”
“In the evenings, gays and lesbians don’t hide away – they’re not just in private clubs, they’re out in the open. On the walls are posters of Batman kissing Superman.”
She added: “I often hear that gay couples should be treated with more tolerance (…) [but] how great that in Moscow there are no such streets.
“If gay Pride parades weren’t banned, all these naked men would be on [major Moscow street] the New Arbat.”
The columnist continued: “There are lots of fat people in Manchester. Young women don’t care if fat hangs down from their stomach, and does not fit into their jeans.
“Regardless, when they go to the club, they pull on skinny leggings and mini-dresses.
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“Of course, it is hardly possible that men turn gay because girls are too fat and not sexy… but it is a part of it.”
The columnist also referenced a slight from Ukraine – which just repainted a Russian ‘friendship’ monument with a rainbow.
The Friendship of Nations Arch, which sits in the heart of the capital city, was originally dedicated to the unification of Ukraine and Russia within the Soviet Union.
But in a not-so-subtle slight at Russia the monument is becoming the ‘Arch of Diversity’ to mark the start of Eurovision in Kyiv.
An exec from CFC Consulting, the company behind the conversion, explained: “The Arch calls to celebrate diversity. Diversity in all its meanings: racial, linguistic, musical, sexual.
“Everyone sees a unique aspect of diversity, when looking on this art piece.
“I consider the Ukrainian society to be free and open-minded enough to respect any manifestation of diversity, which we tried to convey via this art piece.”
Ms Titko was predictably unimpressed.
She wrote: “Even in Ukraine, the rainbow extends with the painting of the Arch of the Friendship of the Peoples.”