Tag Archive | St. Petersburg

Russia: Police detain around 25 gay rights activists in St Petersburg

Russia: Police detain around 25 gay rights activists in St Petersburg

(Reuters) Russian police detained around 25 gay rights activists who took part in an unsanctioned rally in St Petersburg on Saturday (4th August) according to Reuters witnesses. A few dozen activists gathered at Palace Square on Saturday afternoon, defying a ban to hold the rally. Organisers had said they would stage one-man protests to demand […]

Russia: Elton John Speaks Out In St Petersburg

Russia: Elton John Speaks Out In St Petersburg

Elton John was performing in St Petersburg in Russia on Monday last (10th) and made this statement from the stage during the show, bringing up the issue of anti-gay propaganda, and starting by praising his iPad: “I’m not big on technology, but I love my iPad! They’re amazing, aren’t they? The way they can connect […]

Russia: First LGBT Marriage Has Happened Through Loophole

Russia: First LGBT Marriage Has Happened Through Loophole

Two brides have managed to find a loophole in Russian law that has allowed them to be the first LGBT legally registered married couple. As both turned up at the St Petersburg registry office in white wedding dresses last Friday, one of the couple, Irina, revealed

Russia: St Petersburg – Gas Attack on LGBT “QueerFest”

Russia: St Petersburg – Gas Attack on LGBT “QueerFest”

QueerFest, the annual LGBT festival held in St Petersburg, and scheduled from 18 – 28th September this year, has had to cancel many of its events, due to gas attacks, threats to participants, and venues cancelling just before an event was to take place. This was the situation on Thursday last when the opening event, […]

Russian Authorities Tell St. Petersburg LGBT Rally to Hold Event in Landfill

Russian Authorities Tell St. Petersburg LGBT Rally to Hold Event in Landfill

Local government authorities in the Russian city of St. Petersburg denied permission for an LGBT rights rally to be held in the city, suggesting instead to hold the event in a landfill on the outskirts of the city.  The Russian LGBT rights group, Ravnopraviye (Equality) requested permission to stage a rally yesterday, June 26, in the […]

Russia: Homophobic attack in St Petersburg

Russia: Homophobic attack in St Petersburg

A homophobic attack that has left two injured, one losing the sight of one eye, has been condemned by Amnesty International. Amnesty says that the Russian authorities must quickly bring to justice all those responsible for the attack, which happened last Sunday night. Local activists say that two masked men,

Almost 70 Arrested in Russian Gay Rights Protest

Almost 70 Arrested in Russian Gay Rights Protest

Russian police have arrested 67 people at an LGBT rights protest in St. Petersburg, where rights activists had clashed with anti-gay campaigners. RIA Novosti reported that the event was scheduled to take place last Saturday afternoon at the Field of Mars in the city, however anti-gay protestors had gathered at the field before the event. When the […]