Russia: Gay Rights Activists Arrested

Written by scott on July 15th, 2013

RussiaFive gay rights activists protesting the “gay propaganda” law were arrested in Moscow Sunday. Pink News reports:

The Moscow Times reports that five activists were held by police after staging a demonstration at Russia’s Red Square, due to the fact that the activists did not have a permit for the rally. The demonstrators lit flares and held up rainbow-coloured posters which read “Homophobia is riffraffs’ religion.” The upper house of the Russian Parliament voted last month to approve both a bill banning adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples and the nationwide anti-”propaganda” bill banning the promotion of “non-traditional” relationships to minors.

Even though the law’s stated aim is to block “promotion” of being gay to minors, it’s being used as a cudgel to prevent any mention of homosexuality in public, whether there are minors present or not.

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